guys, i think i might have found the problem... i decided to reseat my ram and dust out the system. fine. so i reseated the ram to different positions, still was getting the BSODs. okay, so maybe it's a bad stick, right? so i pull one... leaving one in the middle slot... BINGO. no crashes. so i tried moving it around to the other two slots... crashola. then i tried the other stick of ram... SAME RESULTS! kids, it sounds like i might have bad ram slots... what do you think?