Not sure why you are worried about a 3DMark 06 score, it doesn't really mean much.
That 7600 is your main problem, it only has 128bit memory interface which is going to slow you down a lot, especially with a shader intensive benchmark such as 3Dmark 06. Besides checking your drivers, making sure the Nvidia control panel is not overriding anything and cleaning your computer of any spyware or other junk. There is not much you can really do. Vista is slower than XP for gaming, so that might help you out a bit if you still have a copy of XP laying around. Your CPU is fine, just upgrade that GPU!!
Finished my upgrade and now I know what "Return to Procyon" is supposed to look like, lol.
8568 Score is about 1000 light for my new rig, but 5x faster than my old rig. Time to start cleaning and optimizing this was not a clean XP install I just wiped the drivers and devices out of Device Mangler and dropped in the new MB.
I thought the 8800's were faster than the 3870's? I contemplated getting one, but with 10.1 (that may never be used) and they scale better in X-fire and overclocking.
Perhaps you will gain with a system cleaning and overclocking...
On your board/memory issue, do you have cool and quiet enabled?
I managed to get my CPU up a few more Mhz, by dropping the vcore to 1.38. It was hitting 54C running the SMP of F@H, now it runs 47C @ 2.7Ghz
Next up for me is a full system upgrade.
2 SAS 15K disks on a dedicated LSI PCI-e card
1 750Gb Storage drive
Dual boot Vista/XP
Either a phenom if the fix they implemented works and the new 45nm clocks better, or a quad core Intel.
Another 3870 for X-fire.
Keeping my current 3870, sound card, Tuner card, and peripherals.
I tried manually setting the ram to full speed and the MB dropped my clock to 12x cutting my CPU speed to compenstae. Probably a feature with ECS's MB.
I will up the FSB from 200 to 207 which I think will give me optimum memory and a slight CPU overclock.
My 3dmark06 score is probably good. Digging deeper it looks like the 9500 score was overclcoked GPU. They don't show the gpu clock speed in the listings.
I purged my system and registry, flashed bios and updated all drivers and the score stayed the same. My cpu score was actually higher than some people with the same cpu/gpu so they appear to be overclocking the stock 8800GT (it is overclcok friendly but I have no reason to yet).
I will disable cool and quiet to see if it helps. it does not seem to be working as far as i can tell from CPUz. Yes I installed hte latest amd k8 drivers.
I broke out the old overclcoking tools...
9134 which I can live with: GPU,650/1000 and CPU 210 (up from 650/900 & 200) CPU did not like being overclocked at all. 65W model and I have no voltage controls... on this MB. http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=4915030
Both of my 8800GTSs are stock versions, but I easily overclocked them to the SSC rated version from eVGA. Running 740/1980/1835,GPU/MEM/Shader. They both idle at about 40-45C, and at 50-55C under load.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS