Total System Lockup

I built a pc around 6 months ago. It has a good spec (amd athlon xp 3200+, 1gb ram, antec lanboy case, and antec sl350pgb 350w psu) and the psu is brand new. Every since i got it i have been suffering from random lockups (i.e. In the middle of using windows, the pc will 100% lockup, no keyboard activity, no mouse activity, screen frozen, but power on the pc remains on). It is not a windows issue or a software issue (i also have linux on the pc, and it does the same). The lockups are totally random - sometimes i can go weeks without a lockup, other times i will have the pc on for a few hours and then suffer a lockup. Reboot it, and it will be fine for another 2 weeks, it's very very weird. I originally thought it must be overheating. But i literally have no more room for fans. The antec lanboy case has 2 huge fans (one at front and one at back), i have a suitable heatsink and fan, and my psu is a dual fan one! (Back and bottom). It could be overheating. But i don't know where else i could fit more fans!

My assumption is that ram could not cause a full lockup of mouse/keyboard etc. So i am (blindly) assuming that this has to be related to either the processor or the motherboard. My question is, which do you think is the most likely culprit? And have you ever experienced anything like this?

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