Update: Okay guys, I did some research and experimenting. I figured out most of my problems, I just don't understand a couple things, allow me to explain...
The BSODs, as I found out, are BugChecks. The Stop Codes I was getting pointed to both CPU issues and GPU. I since discovered that my VCORE was WAY TOO HIGH! 1.347V is too much for just 3GHz. In fact, I found that increasing the CPU voltage made my system even more unstable. The reason why I couldn't get prime95 or IBT to work before was because I only have 2gb of RAM and that's the BARE MINIMUM for win7 64bit. I guess its just not enough RAM. So since switching to x86, I have been able to actually test the stability of my system. My current OC is at 2.7GHz(runs prime95 'small ffts' for 5 hours at least, i stopped it there), the RAM is giving me some issues, right now its relatively stable at 1200 MHz 8-8-8-22, I either need to raise the voltage or loosen the timings for stability(its only got 11 cycles of IBT). So right now I'm at comfortable-ish settings.
Now, here's the deal with the GPU. My games kept crashing, as soon as I started them. I assumed it was just a driver issue, but after my last post on this thread, I attempted to play a GC game with Dolphin Emulator, and guess what, it crashed. Once I rebooted, I received a notification that I just recovered from a BSOD, and checked the Event Viewer. I saw the stop code '0x00000124', so I googled it. Its more directly associated with OCing any piece of hardware than other problems(like a software bug). So then I ran into some problems with my GPU, it wasn't throttling down while it was idle, so it was getting hot(about 50 C), so I decided to reset the OC of my GPU and try it. After that, NO PROBLEMS WITH THE DRIVERS AT ALL! So my GPU was unstable, that's what was happening. All I needed to do was raise my GPU Voltage. Right now my GTX 550 ti is at 1000MHz core @ 1.087V, and it hasn't had any hiccups not even with 3 hours of NFSS or 1 hour of Dolphin(I love metroid prime
) Even BL is behaving itself now! Thanks for your input guys!
I would like to just leave this thread with some thoughts:
DON'T OVERLOOK ANYTHING! I thought my GPU was fine, and the drivers were bad(still don't understand why a BSOD ruins game performance though) but the underlying problem was the OC.
THE CPU VOLTAGE DOESN'T ALWAYS DETERMINE STABILITY! If you're crashing on Prime95 within 15-30 minutes, try Intel Burn Test for 5 cycles, if you crash before the first, you definitely have RAM
problems, and if you get unusual results, again RAM ISSUES. To test the RAM further, do memtest or win memory diagnostic.
ALWAYS CHECK STOCK SETTINGS AFTER RUNNING INTO PROBLEMS WITH AN OC!!!! This should be a golden rule for OCing!