[mosfet]s. [pwm]. the hidden key to overclocking stability. these are a bunch of chips that regulate voltage to the processor, and are usually hooked in around the cpu socket. their temperatures can go as high as 120 C before burning out, but in my case things go crappy as soon as they hit 70.
if only i knew about these when i had my first motherboard. 😛
anyway, happy chinese new year to all.