hmm, install the latest motherboard drivers, video card drivers. Make sure you have dx 9c. In control panel, set AA/AF to application preference. In bios, check if 8x agp and fast writes are enabled. set AGP aperture to 128mb, and lower CAS memory timings to lowest possible settings under chipset options.
GOod timings are
all bios are different so be careful.
also, run msconfig in windows xp, and remove any unecessary start up programs. disable any spyware, sound max, or virus utilities.
1GB PC 4000 Kingston HyperX
Asus K8V basic Bios 1004
PNY Geforce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3
63,524 Aquamarks <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Kanavit on 09/06/04 09:35 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Stuff like antivirus and Firewall software is always monitoring stuff, so takes resources away from anything else you're doing, so benchmarks will generally improve slightly without them.
I would simply say that if your system is stable, and you're happy with the <i>actual</i> gaming performance, then why bother tweaking?
It's easy to get too concerned over benchmark scores, but you didn't build the thing just to run benchies on did you?
Apart from have your drivers up-to-date and tweaked properly, and ensuring you're not wasting resources by running background apps that you don't need, the only other way to improve performance would be overclocking, But I wouldn't suggest that to a newbie-esque Prescott owner, unless it's winter and your heating's not working :wink:
First make sure you don't have anything like AntiVirus running. To achieve just good scores, you can go through your hardware manager and disable everything that is not absolutely necessary. Then end task of everything that is not a system critical process, including explorer.exe. This will help some.
Next step would be overclocking, this can take a couple of hours to get setup just so. All this stuff will get you a good score, but you can't really use the computer like this all the time.
Personally my system scored a little over 44k stock. After tweaking and some overclocking I was able to get it just shy of 57k. Overclocking will make the biggest difference in your benchmarking scores.