Originally Posted by c00lkatz
Well, for one thing it seems you have a DDR2 8600GT, which isn't so good for performance. My eVGA 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 scored about 4,500 in 3DMark06 at stock clocks. I put on a $30 Coolermaster Coolviva Pro SE heatsink/fan with AS5, ramsinks, and I did a pencil volt mod and got it up to 920 MHz core and 940 MHz memory, and 2024 MHz shader. This bumped me up to a tad over 7,000 in 3DMark06, which isn't too shabby for an 8600GT on an AMD X2 setup.
Just for comparison though, I just got a PNY 8800GT for $150, and with stock speeds, stock fan, on the same system, I got over 10,000 in 3DMark06. So about $100 for the card, plus $30 for the cooler, plus $5 for the AS5, that's $135. For $15 more the 8800GT is a much better deal. However, at the time, the 8800GT's were still expensive, and I can still use the aftermarket HSF on my new 8800GT, so I got my money's worth out of that setup. With the fully modded 8600GT, I could play Crysis @ 1280x720 (720p, on an HDTV) on mostly medium, some high settings, and get 35-45 FPS on average. So it's not a total loss of a card like most with no real world experience like to claim.