I recently decided to test my system's performance, so I ran 3DMark06 and compared my results to those in the GPU Charts. I am kind of surprised with my results because I thought my comp was pretty decent. I'm kind of new to system building, but I had an experienced friend help me pick out some of the components. I have considered OCing, but I feel that with this low score I should iron out my stock problems first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
SM 2.0: 5318
SM 3.0: 6685
SM 2.0: 7949
SM 3.0: 7944
ASUS P5Q SE/R
MSI HD Radeon R3870X2
8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800
600W OCZ StealthXStream
You do NOT have to overclock anything when you change your RAM timings....
You can see on the 3rd CPU screenshot your timings table, if you are at 400Mhz (800Mhz) then your timings should be at 5-5-5-18-23 (1.8v) or 4-4-4-12-24 (2.0v)
Right now your ram is at 5-5-5-18-52 and who knows what voltage it is running at, maybe 1.8v by default but you have to go into the bios and make sure your timings are correct in order for you to have a stable system....
Another reason your score is low is due to the fact that your CPU is running at 2Ghz.... Once your ram is stable you can go ahead and overclock the CPU a bit....
I cant for the life of me figure out why you would be 3dmarking your pc and complaining of a low score when at the same time you say its completely unstable and bsod's..............
I know...this is my first build and I've been looking around for whatever help I can find to improve my comp. Obviously stability is most important, but if you read my posts (and I send you a PM, btw) its not a frequent problem with BSOD's...it happens maybe once a week at most, and I play games on it several hours a day, so it doesn't seem as bad as you're making it sound...although its not a good thing by any means...
I digress. The reason I was using 3DMark was to get some sort of idea of my computer's overall performance. If you have a better way to test it I would be more than happy to try it.
I tried to set tRC to 24, but the lowest value I could go was 25 and when I did this my computer would turn on, but the monitor wouldn't turn on and the fans seemed to be going very slow. After manually restarting I checked the settings in BIOS and all timings were reset. I'm guessing that 25 is a little too low for my memory to handle...