Hi, I am pretty new to this though I have been absorbing all that I can about hardware for the past few years. I would just jump right in and start messing with stuff but I cannot afford to have to rebuild this system should I fry something. I'm hoping to find someone with the same setup to hold my hand and give me some step by step help here. I've read quite a bit on this forum and almost all the stickies. I'm not looking to push the envelope, just get a modest gain in performance as my setup is not running as fast as I feel it should. Specs: Case- Thermaltake Xaser supertower (7 fans) PSU- Corsair CMPSU 450watt (1 12v rail... 33 amp) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003 Mobo- Asus p5n-E BIOS in Everest reads Award BIOS Type- Phoenix-AwardBIOS v6.00PG Award BIOS Message - ASUS P5N-E SLI ACPI BIOS Revision 0703 System BIOS Date- 08/09/07 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131142 CPU- E6550 2.33 dual core (STOCK cooling) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030 RAM- 2 X 1gb Crucial LANFEST special edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148144 VGA- ATI Radeon X1950 GT 256MB Video BIOS Date- 09/05/07 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102034&Tpk=100199l HDD- WD SATA Optical- DVDRW(1) CDRW(1) both on ide (PATA) I managed to set the RAM so it runs at 800mhz, ignoring all the extra settings that my motherboard showed and just setting what CPUZ specified for EPP#1, leaving the rest at auto. I believe I left the RAM voltage set to auto as well because I had no idea what to set it to. For some reason both Everest and Asus PC probe are showing the Vcore voltage at 2.16 which I believe is very high for this CPU and I don't think that I messed that up. EDIT: Made this red because I am concerned about this reading, anyone know if this is ok? I am not a total n00b but I have a desire to fully understand everything before tinkering and I don't think that is possible without an advanced degree in EE. I have an associates in Comp Info and have built a few computers, so I consider myself intermediate in knowledge. I'm really hoping there is someone with nearly the same setup who can tell me what settings to change to achieve what I want out of this. I swear I have READ a ton of stuff on various sites but none of it is very specific and reeks of messing with stuff until it becomes unstable then go back a bit... I'm not trying to find the absolute highest settings I can run. I am planning on adding some UNLAPPED air cooling later on... and maybe some VGA cooling as well. I've attached all the pics that I can think would be helpful. Thanks in advance, though I dread the "read more, tinker, mess up, learn" responses that I am anticipating. EDIT: I would like to leave the power/heat saving options turned on since LIPA already gets too much from me every month.