Help needed with brand new computer!

Hi, its my first post here on this great website that has helped me greatly in getting a better understanding on computers.

Well im getting my new pc next week specs are:

P4 3.0 Ghz 800 Fsb
P4C800 Deluxe
Onboard audio
ATI 9800 Pro
2 x 512MB DDR400
Sony DVD RW Dru510
Creative DVD Drive
2 x 120GB Seagate HD @ 7200 rpm

I'd like to ask two things;

1) What should the voltage of the PSU i buy be to run everything smoothly?
2) How many fans should my case have?
(Note: I wont be overclocking much but i might use the options on my motherboard and use the 'safe' overclocking option to just increase it a bit)

Thanks in advance, Charlie
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  1. Quote:
    1) What should the voltage of the PSU i buy be to run everything smoothly?

    I would recommend a quality (i.e. Enermax, Antec, Fortron) 450W power supply. You could get away with less, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
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    2) How many fans should my case have?

    As many as you can stand :smile: . Seriously though, you'd probably be fine with one 80mm intake and one 80mm exhaust plus the fans on the PSU.
  2. I don't understand why people want the Canterwood board. I would strongly suggest getting the P4P800 unless you don't mind spending more money for about the same performance.

    I would also suggest getting PC3500.

    And are those Seagates SATA drives?
  3. Thx , well i didn't know it had the same performance but its too late now. Those hard disks i bought a while back so i believe they're ata.
  4. PC3500 is a tad useless unles you OC the system as your PC is DDR400 (PC3200).

    A 350W high-quality PSU (Antec, Enermax, Fortron) will be enough but will leave you with zero upgrade space so I suggest going to 400W or above.

    2 Fans should be enough in theory... one in the bottom front blowing in and one at the upper rear blowing out.

    My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek:
  5. I was recommending PC3500 for stability issues.
  6. Stability issues?

    My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek:
  7. I've heard alot about stability problems between the Canterwood board and PC3200 memory. Is this not true? I just though I might warn him. Getting PC3500 would at least give him better stability if not any performance increase.
  8. If the price difference is minimal, then why not. I put 512MB of PC3500 into my Dad's system and it ticks at 200MHz happily.

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  9. But PC3500 memory is just OC'ed PC3200 memory.

    My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek:
  10. Uh, ok.

    Instead of having unstable DDR400, he can have DDR433 underclocked at 400. Hence the better stability.
  11. Well I think the stability problem is not in the quality of the memory (because any good branded PC3200 should be of good quality) but in problems within the BIOS and/or northbridge.

    My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek:
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