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D. 3Dmark scores mean nothing. Most important points and should probably be first.
I agree with this point 100%. The only question you need to really ask is: Am I happy with gaming on my computer? And from looking at your system and your 3dmark score, you should be running games in HD quality and they should be very smooth. What else could you ask for?
To answer your initial question, some things you can do to improve your benchmark scores are:
1. Making sure you have the newest drivers
2. Disable software and services running in the background while benchmarking
3. Run the benchmark after a clean boot
4. Overclocking your components (CPU, Ram, GPU)
5. Upgrading your computer
I do not recommend overclocking your system unless you are knowledgeable about the hardware and settings you'll be changing. Doing so can void the warranty and damage your system.
As for upgrading your computer, again, this just goes back to whether or not you're happy with gaming on it. Xbox and PS3 run with far inferior hardware than what you have, remember that
I wouldn't say they mean nothing, but your score is well above stock performance, the problem is that you are comparing your scores to mostly heavily overclocked systems. Just to get a score comparable requires a significant OC.
In the BIOS, it will not let me go past 33 in CPU ratio, so there is no overclock. I might end up getting a new motherboard all together, since I am not happy with this board, since it has only 4 SATA ports. I do lke gaming on it and it does fine, it would just be nice to put my big CPU cooler to use and have more SATA ports. It plays everything I want it to, so I might just leave it where it is.
H model MB's don't O/C...they don't have a CPU multiplier.
Overclocking the CPU doesn't make much difference in 3DMark11. A 2500K stock compared to an O/C to 4.2GHz is a 23.5% O/C but only increased my score from 7194 to 7525.
2X460 1GB SLI'ed @840/1680/1000