okay i'll try that next.
it's running stable at 2.7/225 again. but this morning i went to turn the pc on and everything seemed to turn on (fans, hdd spun up) but the monitor didnt get a signal and nothing else happened.... hit reset and it booted at downclocked speeds (200mhz fsb). restart again and it was back to 2.7/225. http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=92959
it's like when I turn the pc on there's not enough power to boot up or something, it's weird. but once everything get's running it passes all stability tests just fine now.
this psu is barely a couple months old and has great reviews. it's one of the top-recommended power supplies. arrrggfhghgfhdfhdfsgsadfg