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Yeah I'm using the OC tool in Ati Tray Tools. Everything about my card is stock, I just got it a few days ago.

See it seems odd that everyone else is able to push their sand cards higher than mine, granted I've got to go back and try it with 100% fan tho.

So far It's hard to notice any difference in performance or anything, game wise I'm tested it with 3dmark but it seems to perform somewhat the same I believe.

I guess I'm just not pushing the card far enough, to see any performance differences. I'm pretty sure nothing else in my case is holding it back, such as the CPU, because it's only a few years old.
If you want you can mod your x700 HSF, just take the cover off that "L" thing and glue/epoxy a 80mm fan to it. Also change the stock thermal paste for some AS5. I got a ~10-12°C drop on idle/load. Then see if you can oc a bit higher.
Also, can you change your PCI-E frequency in bios? Try setting it at 105Mhz.

Edit: What are your 3DMark scores btw?
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Yeah I'm using the OC tool in Ati Tray Tools. Everything about my card is stock, I just got it a few days ago.

See it seems odd that everyone else is able to push their sand cards higher than mine, granted I've got to go back and try it with 100% fan tho.
If you want to OC you certainly need to have the fan@full speed, and the modds datax sugested can improve the cooling performance evan further.

About the OCing part, I've seen a weird behaviour in ATI tool. I gave it find max mem, and it went to around 480MHz on my old 9600PRO, but if I gave it find max core it would drop the mem frequency to around 465. To find max core I put the mem @stock speed and after I gave find max core and it found over 500MHz.
Finaly, to OC the card, i returned the card on default freq in ATI tool and I OCed it from the drivers @500/480, freqs that were impossible with ATI tool, not because of artifacts but because of the soft. For stability testing I ran 3Dmark 2005 a couple of hours and it worked just fine.
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If you want you can mod your x700 HSF, just take the cover off that "L" thing and glue/epoxy a 80mm fan to it. Also change the stock thermal paste for some AS5. I got a ~10-12°C drop on idle/load. Then see if you can oc a bit higher.
Also, can you change your PCI-E frequency in bios? Try setting it at 105Mhz.

Edit: What are your 3DMark scores btw?
Well for right now I think I'm just going to stick with stock cooling and OCing (at least until summer vacation from college comes). Yeah I've heard good things about using AS5, and it's actually really cheap.

Well I don't have PCI-E, I've got the AGP card. What does changing the freq to 105mhz do? Can I change it to the same freq for an AGP card as well? Is there a chance of hurting the card by doing so?

I went and OCed again, setting the fan to 100%, and managed to get up to 464/496 this time, but I've only checked each setting for 10 mins looking for artifacts, hopefully that is long enough.

I ran 3DMark06 on default settings and only scored 1081 :-\\ is that normal for my rig?
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Well for right now I think I'm just going to stick with stock cooling and OCing (at least until summer vacation from college comes). Yeah I've heard good things about using AS5, and it's actually really cheap.

Well I don't have PCI-E, I've got the AGP card. What does changing the freq to 105mhz do? Can I change it to the same freq for an AGP card as well? Is there a chance of hurting the card by doing so?

I went and OCed again, setting the fan to 100%, and managed to get up to 464/496 this time, but I've only checked each setting for 10 mins looking for artifacts, hopefully that is long enough.

I ran 3DMark06 on default settings and only scored 1081 :-\\ is that normal for my rig?
Since you have the AGP version, you don't want no touch the frequency, and make sure it's locked to 66Mhz.
About your 3DMark scores... I'm really not sure, cause I haven't ran 3DMark06, but you can check my other scores in my profile.
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I get 465/480 on the stock HS--I set my fan speed to kick up incrementally as the temp rises. Powerstrip can be dangerous--it's easy to fry a card. Omega drivers are great and OC great. Looks like you might be at the outer limits on that OC....looks good!
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I went back and tested it with 3DMark03 and scored 6063 stock, and 6565 OCed, so I guess that is a decent gain for stock OCing?

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me with this. And I realized I got a store near home that sells AS5, so I don't have to pay for S&H
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I went back and tested it with 3DMark03 and scored 6063 stock, and 6565 OCed, so I guess that is a decent gain for stock OCing?

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped me with this. And I realized I got a store near home that sells AS5, so I don't have to pay for S&H
damn... Your CPU is really letting you down; I score ~9000. Where you using AA, AF or something? Could you do a AM3 benchmark? It gives individual scores to CPU and GFX. That way you can see if your cpu is causing the low scores and if your x700 is scoring in the right range.
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Couldn't you use Rivatuner?
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I ran AM3 and got a score of

5,280 for GPU and 3,133 for CPU and a total score of 28,654. So I guess it is my CPU bottling me down, but is that a normal benchmark for the atholan 2800+ ?
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I ran AM3 and got a score of

5,280 for GPU and 3,133 for CPU and a total score of 28,654. So I guess it is my CPU bottling me down, but is that a normal benchmark for the atholan 2800+ ?
GPU could do better, I score around 8200. For some reason I don't think it's your overclock; more like some setting and your running at higher quality, resulting lower scores. Double check that your on lowest quality for benchmarks in Ati Tray Tools.
And yes, your cpu is letting you down; with ~10K for the CPU, I score ~61K.
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