Also, This thread
has provided me with some info I was unaware of. It may be that the combination of my current board only having PCIE 1.0 (1.1?) and the PSU using a 6 pin to 8 pin cable was starving my card for power.
I guess I'll find out tomorrow / Wednesday if that is in fact the case. I ordered a Q9300 and Gigabyte GA-X48-DS4.