All I'm saying is that 3DMark06 sometimes doesn't run well when games do. If you are worried about your system, I'd recommend reformatting and reinstalling your drivers very carefully and updating windows. Then reinstall 3DM06 and see what your score is. Is this a brand new build/install, or is this an existing install + upgrade?
with my phenom 955 @ 3.8ghz, 2gb of ram, hd 3870 overclocked i get little over 13,000 points.
You don't know what you're talking about. You're comparing your overclocked system with his stock system. Try running at stock and you'll get much lower. 3dmark06 is very cpu dependent. My q9550 with 2x 4870 get 16500 at stock, but 24500 with the cpu at 4.3ghz.
@OP Your score sounds right for stock. Try overclocking and you'll get higher numbers.
He is talking about 3DMark06 which does not have the issue you are referring to. However, for Vantage (at least) you are correct. Having GPU Physx (we all have CPU Physx) skews the score up. I don't know the weighting for that section, but I know that section's score goes up tremendously.
Overall may be a little low, but in the CPU section that's awesome. 3DMark06 scores are pretty pointless though, especially now. Software/hardware tech has moved beyond it, so it really isn't representative of new hardware performance in new games.