CPU fan is busted again, and all work is halted until I resolve this. I will have it fixed ASAP, as I already have the replacement part, but I need to remove a stripped screw to be able to do so.
Please be patient with me. I'm backing up work in the event of data loss from overheating and trying not to run my computer too hard in the meantime. I hope this will not be an issue much longer, as I am building a really nice PC with the help of a friend. Both performance and maintenance will be much nicer on that machine, and I'll only have to use the crudddy laptop for travel.