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I just refreshed my sytem with a new e8400 and a total 4gb of ram, and I'm wondering if I'm just hoping for too much in terms of performance. system specs:

evga 680i SLi
e8400 at stock speeds
4gb of DDR2 1000
8800 GTS 512 in SLi
850 w tough power psu

Firstly: my 680i gave my cpu 1.2v on auto, and from what i've read that seems like higher than average, but the system won't boot at even 1.0v, where I've read of people able to OC with .97v. Am I missing something here?

Second: I'm only getting 14500 or so in 3DMark06, where I'm expecting to be above 16000, am I expecting too much?

I got the new processor and ram for the Age of Conan launch, and I'm worried I'll be disappointed, if anyone can give me some points of reference so I can know if the system is performing below par for what it is, please post so i can continue troubleshooting and/or send for replacement parts if they're malfunctioning.
    
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Who cares about voltage... overclock that CPU to get some nice scores! Just stay below 1.4v...
    
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I OC'd up to 3.6 at 1.31v, but I have a rule about staying within spec voltage....
but seriously, my concern is about where my scores are compared to others with the same specs, help meeee!
    
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Who cares about voltage... overclock that CPU to get some nice scores! Just stay below 1.4v...
What he said! I run mine at 1.3625v to get 4.01Ghz. Forget about going lower. You need to get HIGHER. I'm talking about VCORE/FSB of course
    
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I OC'd up to 3.6 at 1.31v, but I have a rule about staying within spec voltage....
but seriously, my concern is about where my scores are compared to others with the same specs, help meeee!
Err... huh? If you want to stay within spec voltage, you should just run stock.

Those chips can handle more volts than whatever Intel publishes. The last thing I look at is what Intel publishes...
    
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You should be getting way more than 14k in 3DMARK06. I am getting 16.5k on a single card on a quad @3.6 and 4gb RAM if that helps. I am sure you should be higher than this. Hope someone with a similar spec to yours enlightens us.
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Who cares about voltage... overclock that CPU to get some nice scores! Just stay below 1.4v...

Because a few have "fried" (degraded) their CPU on ocn.net with 1,4V I would not advice to get over 1.36/1,37v for 24/7 usage.

EDIT: For suicide runs why not, but not for 24/7.
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Because a few have "fried" (degraded) their CPU on ocn.net with 1,4V I would not advice to get over 1.36/1,37v for 24/7 usage.

EDIT: For suicide runs why not, but not for 24/7.
I second that. In a lot of forums people fry them at over 4.0ghz. The safest voltage has been 1.36--something. These chips are very sensitive to voltage it seems. I have one and I can hit 4.0 at about 1.33 or so
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