Okay well I did two things, and I think i'm back on track here.
I went into the bios but could not find that E1ST thing...so I went to some other part on my bios. I saw the clock multiplier was @ 8.5...and I remembered reading somewhere about 9x multiplier. So I decided to raise the multiplier to 9x from 8.5x, and boom I got 2.53 GHz. So it's clocked correctly now.
Also, I got RealTemp, which shows me 34C to 36C idle. Haven't tried under load, but I'm sure it's fine. Do you think new thermal grease will bring that idle temp down even more? I'm using some Dyno thermal grease or something, that I got from Best Buy.
In addition to all that, CPU-Z shows my multiplier drop to 6x when not in use, dropping the cpu to 1.6 GHz, which I don't mind because it just saves power/creates less heat, which is good
Basically- Problem Solved