I'll admit I don't really know what to put my settings at and everywhere I look seems to give a different answer.
I ran 3DMark06 and only got a score of 6292. With my system (just built) I thought I'd be getting quite a bit higher.
I've updated my bios, all the drivers, have all the Vista updates, but don't really know what to put my video card/bios settings to. My complete system specs are:
SILVERSTONE Kublai Series KL02B Black Aluminum front panel, SECC body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Ultra 600w X-Finity Power Supply w/2 80mm / Titan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan x 2
XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775 Motherboard (NForce drivers ver. 15.08)(Bios ver. P06)
Intel Pentium D 925 3Ghz DT 800FSB Socket 775
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
PNY XLR8 VCG8800XXPB-OC GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Overclocked Video Card (ForceWare Release 163.75)
OCZ DFI Special Edition 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz x 4
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LG GSA-H55L 20x Super-Multi DVD±RW/RAM
Microsoft Vista Ultimate 64
I also get this error on boot, but don't seem to have any problems with stability, and my temps seem ok:
Warning! Now System is in Safe Mode.
Please reset CPU or Memory Frequency in the CMOS setup
Try resetting the CMOS. And why the Pentium D? Is it temporary until the 45nm come out? I think it could just be CPU bottlenecking...try running in 1600x1200 with everything else default and post the score, that way we can see whether it is just CPU bottleneck or something else.
Running at 1600x1200 (vs 1280x1024) my score is 6023. But, I think you're right about the CPU. I did noticed that the framerate during the graphics tests are fine, but the two CPU tests top out at 1 FPS.
I have reset the CMOS, but have to manually set my memory timings & voltage because it was putting it at 5 5 5 15 2T and I know my RAM is 4 4 4 15 1T