Greetings and salutations all! I've been lurking around here for about 3 months now, and based on all the excellent advice, I recently made my purchases and built a new system this past weekend (thanks for all the great advice, btw...I really enjoy this forum!). I've listed my components below, but wanted to run my 3dmark scores past the pro's and get some feedback. I've listed the specs below, but was not very pleased with the score of 4632 I got. I went online and tried to google some scores, but only got limited returns. So, given all of that, what range of scores should I honestly be expecting (no overclocking). A couple of side notes, I had difficulty getting my sound drivers to work properly, and the onboard sound was not very smooth at all (seemed choppy when the CPU was under load), so at that point I put in a sound card, and it resolved that issue. My second note is that the system worked fine using the LAN all weekend, but when I got home and had to use the PCI modem (only have dial up), I couldn't get the modem to work properly...it locks the system up either during the dialing, connection, or within 60 seconds of connecting to the internet. All thoughts and ideas are appreciated...thanks all!
Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148215
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115003
SONY 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model DRU120C - Retail
Item #: N82E16827131039
ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan - Retail
Item #: N82E16835118115
Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Creative Labs Xfi sound card
XP-Pro SP2...also, I did download and run the multi-core fix from MS, PCWizard is showing both cores, and the temp monitors are showing activity and temp on both, so assume both are working...sorry for the long post.
Thanks blood...that tells me exactly what I needed to know...CPU is right where it should be. I am AMAZED by the difference that the video card makes (I know, I shouldn't be...). May have to look into the eVGA step-up program.