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June 18, 2003 5:09:08 PM

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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June 18, 2003 7:09:52 PM

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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.
June 18, 2003 9:32:51 PM

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?
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June 18, 2003 11:08:15 PM

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.
June 19, 2003 4:12:08 PM

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: 
June 19, 2003 9:39:43 PM

I was recommending PC3500 for stability issues.
June 20, 2003 3:24:55 PM

Stability issues?

My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek: 
June 20, 2003 8:45:39 PM

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.
June 22, 2003 11:32:20 AM

But PC3500 memory is just OC'ed PC3200 memory.

My CPU fan spins so fast that it creates a wormhole :eek: 
June 22, 2003 3:52:50 PM

Uh, ok.

Instead of having unstable DDR400, he can have DDR433 underclocked at 400. Hence the better stability.
June 23, 2003 5:07:25 PM

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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