Thanks for all the replies!
First off, I have 2 sticks of ram, each with 2gigs DDR2. Secondly, I do have cool n' quiet disabled. I ran 3dmark at the default resolution with only asus probe running in the background. I am not able to try any of your suggestions until friday as I have exams the rest of the week. As soon as I am able to, I will try all of you suggestions.
edit: I ran cpuz after testing and my pcie link was 16X
Good luck with your exams