Great read Dave! I do have a question where I wonder if you could elaborate a bit more on disabling the i-GPU BEFORE installing the OS. I was wondering what difference it may or may not make? I haven't disabled my i-GPU...let alone see any settings (though I haven't really looked either) to disable it offhand yet I have not installed drivers nor see it detected in device manager. You say a temp reduction of up to 30C...that' s HUGE! I may have to play with this aspect...I'm assuming with my dedicated GPU maybe the i-GPU is automatically disabled? Which is what I'm kind of hoping for in all honesty. I suppose I need to do my part and dig into it on my end. I will note that my Windows 8 experience has been great so far! Not really missing 7 all that bad. Sure I have my habits, but the more I get used to Win8 the more I like it, how fast and smooth it runs...I haven't ran into any bugs...nor do I mess with the Windows Apps or App Store yet. But back to why I wanted to post here...I am still fine tuning my OC...got some time last night to play Wargame AA for about an hour. After hours and hours of stability testing through the weeks prior to actually playing lol. I found that I am currently stable at 4.5Ghz @ 1.241v. To be gaming stable I had to increase VRIN to 1.80v from 1.75v. Maximum temps while gaming? 70C. I can live with that! And with fall coming and cool weather, seeing 70c is going to become a less frequent occurence. I also have the cpu cache at 8x-40x, using Auto (reading 1.16v) will manually set. Not sure I care to push past 40x. Memory manually set, not using XMP. 2133 @ 11-11-11-28 cl1 @ 1.58v (reads 1.60v) This system is running great! I am sooo happy I RMA'd my cpu!