STU- I actually live in Pakistan, i'm from here (but been born and raised in the Middle East and went to school at McGill, Monteal, not that it matters), but, i went to my local game shop, and they didn't have KOTOR on them, i expect to get it soon though since a friend of mine is flying over from Chicago mid next week. I'll let you know pretty soon. It just occurred to me, i'm probably the only one who owns an i8600 in my country! Actually, i think i'm the only one in my distric who owns a laptop!! But i'll get back to you on the KOTOR issue.
SHUZZ- There is only one way of telling what the temperature is on any game using fangui, play for a good 20 minutes or so, when you feel frame rates dropping (using fraps, that's usually a good signal for letting one know that that particular part of the game is graphically intense), shut the game down really quick, use ALT F4 if it works or just quit the game really quick, you'll have a maximum of two seconds to check your taskbar for a fangui reading before it starts to drop really really quickly. There is an option in fangui, OPTIONS- DISPLAY OPTIONS- TRAY- UPPER- LOWER. Keep one of the two, upper or lower, as the CPU temperature, and the other as the GPU temperature. Then let me know.
In my opinion, if you aren't see artifacts, or if your notebook isn't freezing, you shouldn't even care what the temp is. My notebook used to freeze a lot when i overclocked even by a fration, its stopped doing that since i have started using the new drivers. At least, i haven't experienced it yet. Get back to me if you don't understand what i'm saying. There is no option that lets you know in game what the temp reading is, as far as i'm aware, i only know this manual route. Estomating what the histogram reads is not a good idea, its too vague.
Sorry to hear about your frying experiences. I agree with you, the fan failing doesn't have much to do with AMD and OCing. Its just bad bloody luck.