Before I break another board....

Cypher-

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What I'm working with:
Q6600
Corsair 2x1GB TWIN2X2048-6400C4
Abit IP35 Pro
Koolance watercooling (yes I'm aware it isn't the best. I didn't do my research before I got it but its getting the job done)


Backstory:
Originally I had a p5b deluxe running an E6600 @ 3.2ghz for almost a year. I upgraded to a Q6600 and started overclocking that as well. I was trying to push it to 3.6ghz and the computer decided to lock up in the bios. I smelled a nice burning smell and the board failed to boot after that. Everything turned on but the screen stayed black and would not post at all.

Being that I didn't have much money I decided to replace it with a Gigabyte DS3R. I put the board in and had my Q6600 running completely stable at 3.33ghz (370x9). I was happy with it there and didn't plan to change it.

One day I was playing Call of Duty 4 and there was a loud pop from my speakers and my sound was gone. I quit the game and was playing with the sound options and I got a BSOD and a reboot. The board also went back to normal clock settings. I checked my speakers and my sound card in another computer and everything checked out ok. Upon trying to overclock the board again I found that no matter what I set the vcore to in the bios, it would never actually go past 1.264 according to the bios or CPU-Z. I don't know if that was the source of my sound problems or if the PCI ports just decided to go out.

I really don't think I did anything wrong with the last two and I think I have a serious case of bad luck, but before I overclock this board I just want to make sure theres not anything I'm missing. I've read that these boards can have a problem where the heatsink doesn't make contact with the chips so I'm prepared to deal with that. Is there anything else I should watch out for? I would seriously rather drag this thing into a field and set on fire then have to replace the board again.

Any advice/tips/info would be greatly appreciated.
 

Cypher-

[H]ard|Gawd
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Antec True power 550 Watt.

It had crossed my mind that the power supply may be causing some issues. The first time it went in was when I put in my Q6600 too. I had one go bad on me a long time ago (low voltage on one of the rails) so I RMA'd it to Antec and they sent a brand new one back. I bought an Antec 480 watt as a replacement, but that is now in another box with my old E6600.

Just for reference the rest of the case contains:
Geforce 7900GS
4 Hard drives
1 sata dvd burner
X-fi Fatal1ty Champion
 
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