When I power on my computer, after the first screen, I get this message saying "The Max Power of the cpu is 95w". Then it started the countdown for shutdown. I went on a little investigation to check the TDP of my P4 processor chip(it is 3.2 ghz), and it shows specs of 84-86w. I was able to bypass the shutdown process after pressing the F10 key for some reason. What gives?
My motherboard is a Biostar model 945GC-M4. It's weird how it accepts DDR2 RAM, my highest is 667 mhz which is installed, and a 16x PCI-E, but it's only a 478 socket motherboard that has a 95w limit. These things don't seem to balance out too well. I only found out again about TDP after I made the purchase however. I don't want to return it, because it's the only 478 mobo they had, and they charge a 20% restocking fee, so if I go to the other PC shop I had in mind, I have to pay $30, plus the risk of not having a DDR2 socket, although I do have a DDR RAM chip. I still would have wasted $32 on a new DDR2 RAM chip, which I would have to resell at a lower value. I also have a 600 watt power supply if that helps any.
Also if you guys could give me a hand on how to get front panel HD audio with a tower case that only has AC 97 connectors that would be great as well, thanks!
Yeah, I'd rather call and get faster support, but unfortunately, since it's an international company(it's based in Taiwan I think), it seems to be one of those that only offer the snail "e-support". Well, it's pretty much like Steam's staff support too anyway. Thanks for the help though.