Low 3dmark06 score with custom computer

Ok, I finally broke down last week and made the jump from dual core to quad, I also setup sli. My problem is I just ran 3dmark06 and I didn't even break 6000 marks. Below is my list of hardware let me know if you have any ideas on how to get my score up a little higher.

AMD phenom 9550
Corsair XMS2 DHX 2048MB Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB)
Asus M2N-SLI Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI
XFX GeForce 8500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2
500gb WD harddrive 7400 rpm
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  1. Better, faster cards.
  2. The 8500GT is a terrible card for gaming. Seriously. Don't SLI them, sell them (not sure if you have 1 or 2), and buy something from the 8800's, 9600's, HD 4670, or an HD 4850. You'll do much better.
  3. Agreed, the 8500GT is a poor performing card, not much better then integrated graphics. With a SLI system get the 9800GTs they're running about $110 after rebates right now
    and even 1 would spank SLIed 8500s. If budget is a real problem look into the 9600GT @80 after rebate
    or the 9600GSO @$70 after rebate
  4. My friend got one of those and can't seem to understand that even though its got 1gb memory its just plain crap. Because memory size with a graphics card is what makes it perform.
  5. 8500 GT, ROFL. Honestly, I'm surprised you got close to 6000.
  6. Well one 8500GT gets like 2800ish so with 2 your right on. LOL. What do you expect from crap cards.
  7. Have to agree with the others here; get a new GC asap...
  8. SLI FTW!
    lol im guessing someone tricked you into that purchase?
  9. :lol: :lol: Hah 8500GT in SLI :D .

    Actually it's kind of surprising you even got that high with them. Even my ol Radeon 3850 with everything at stock speeds gets 8700. If you're on a budget go with a 9600GT. Even a single 9600GT will give you much more performance than your 8500s. You can SLi a second one latter. If you can afford to spend a little more though try and get a 9800GT.
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