Thanks for the link, saved me from having to find that issue. I remember reading it, but at the time it was kind of academic, since I didn't yet have the i7. I may fall behind the next few days, I'm trying to get my memory stable at 1866, then I'm going to delve into the CPU. But in the next few days I will replace my C2D 6550 with my Phenom 9950, so that will be one more VM running...
"Experienced overclockers can grab a hall pass and skip to the next section"
Dude, we'll treat you like a king in the forum section dedicated to overclocking!
To start, that's a bit backwards. Don't worry about memory speed 1st. Worry about the CPU speed, and then work with the head room the memory allows you to run within. The Memory speed is just pasture for the race horses. It's big, but you don't have to push the boundaries until they start running. So if you stretch the memory first, a single up in the CPU later puts your fences out of bounds and starting to cause issues...they grow proportionally.
You're in my area too dude. I'm quite a bit down on PPD as I go through hardware and improvements, but I'm a 31K guy before that as well. You're 40K pretty much right now, and I have 2.8 weeks to fire up the new builds or I'm stuck with playing catch up
I've dropped from 51 to 57, and that's just about enough!