Ok, well I dont know if any of you guys who had been following my setup from the start will get to see this but I figured I'd post some new info anyhoo...
I recently purchased a new processor:
AMD Athlon 64-FX62 Dual-Core 2.8ghz (this puppy is just burnin' up my benches)
Bought a nice aftermarket cooler for it:
Scythe Samurai-Z (does an excellent job over stock cooler, which actually was also a 2-pipe design! The Scythe has a bigger fan, much better design)
Added a nice little Northbridge HS/F:
Coolermaster mini-cooler (tiny little aluminum hs w/ a fan that actually does a decent job of keeping it cooler than the stock sink)
I was also able to get the X1950XTX running the way it should, even though I'm still stuck with the factory-shipped drivers (.282...). I found out that for some rediculous reason, my system did NOT uninstall ALL of the onboard drivers for the nvidia 6250gs, and I know this is gonna sound like a load of crap, but after 2 hours on the phone with ATi, deleting/moving/adding drivers, my benchmark scores are where they probably should be.
These benches were run with card OC'd using Overdrive @ 695mhz GPU / 1062mhz MEM ,
and ATITool running the fan @ 100% <-- only thing its good for at the moment
AquaMark.3 - previous score> 79,819 | new score> 102,558
3dMark05 - previous score> 10,706 | new score> 12,534
(Futuremark tells me that only 17k of over 1million+ users scored higher
I've yet to run the other benchies yet, but I will be sure to post the scores when I'm done. I was just overly excited with these new scores and HAD to post them. I hope you guys get to see them, let me know what you think. I also will be posting the new pics soon. I dont think I've put up any pics of my new system yet (the new case, etc.).