Hey guys, thanks for all the replies!
@XorCist: I'm using Win7. I believe this OS doesn't require CnQ drivers from AMD as it already has its own drivers for AMD's K10 range...
@Flip-mode: Hmm.. I'm guessing I'm a little far from you guys. Shipping would cost a small fortune. Hiring a shop to test things will probably be cheaper... But I really
appreciate your kind gesture, dude.
@AnotherEngineer: Well, the cooler seems to run fine and is securely mounted. The BIOS is not the latest but it's what I've been using for the longest time playing these old games. Also, I've always used the same BIOS settings. I reloaded the defaults to see if there's anything amiss but everything in the BIOS seems just the way I've always set them. As for buying RAM, hmmm... not sure it's the RAM that's the problem, since all the sticks work well enough on other systems and this one. The graphics driver is not the latest but I've been using it for a while now (AMD GPU driver ver. 11.12... no CCC bloatware as always). Thanks, man.
Oh, and one crazy thing... I tried poking around AMD's RMA page and it seems to be going nuts. I'm quite inclined to think this is either a mobo or CPU problem, but I'm hoping it's a CPU problem because I can have it replaced for a minimal fee (shipping), assuming I can get the RMA processed.
I just realized that my AMD FX-8350 is more powerful than all of my former desktop CPUs combined, from my last Phenom II X4 925 all the way to my ancient NEC V20. And the NEC V20 was probably more expensive if you count inflation. I'm utterly speechless.