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OK so far no 1 has helped me at all on forums. insterad just read what ive written So all i want if thats ok from you guys is a simple "very important" or "not important"? all i want to know is how important a power unit is to overclocking a computer....
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Usually you have 10 replys in a matter of minutes since there are thousands of people on this fourm. The powersupply is definantly important, so are all of the other components but a powersupply you cannot skimp on.
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EXTREMELY important.
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OMG praise the lord! thanks very much for your reply! ive just been very upset and agry about my damn "new" crappy motherboard the P5ND2 SLI Deluxe! it`ll oc all right but hang randomly when u stress computer which is common meaning it isnt stable of course. Im thinking now its my pwoer unit, cos everything i have is good apart from my power... its generic. thinking of getting seasonic 600 watt... wana know if it`ll sort out my instability problems when ocing.... thing is though old motherboard i oced fine to 3.8 stable wit hsame power unit! thanks for your reply btw
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Originally Posted by Dom.Gilberto
OMG praise the lord! thanks very much for your reply! ive just been very upset and agry about my damn "new" crappy motherboard the P5ND2 SLI Deluxe! it`ll oc all right but hang randomly when u stress computer which is common meaning it isnt stable of course. Im thinking now its my pwoer unit, cos everything i have is good apart from my power... its generic. thinking of getting seasonic 600 watt... wana know if it`ll sort out my instability problems when ocing.... thing is though old motherboard i oced fine to 3.8 stable wit hsame power unit! thanks for your reply btw
Fill out your user CP please.
And if you currently have a crappy PSU, swaping it out for the Seasonic 600 watt will take care of those problems (untill your cooling gets in the way, depending on your cooling).
But yeah, the Seasonic 600 watt is an awesome PSU, go for it.
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i will tell you my specs

pentium 4 3.0 ghz... (i know crappy but worked well at 3.8 with 7800gtx)
2 gig corsair XMS 2 pc5400
P5ND2 SLI Deluxe (crappy motherboard<<)
20.1 inch dell flat screen
powercolor x1900xt (bought it with p5nd2 sli deluxe hooping to oc back to my previous clocks)
zalman 9500 on cpu, and 5 other fans throughout the computer
generic 550 watt
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post #7 of 39
Alright. If the Processor is your computer's Central Nervous System, then your PSU is the Cardivascular system. It delives life bring electricity to your computer. If the heart has palpitations (power fluctuations), or if it isn;t strong enough and gets overwhelmed (gradual failure) then the rest of the system will suffer dire consequences. It, IMO is by far the most important, and oft overlooked part of the system.
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post #8 of 39
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now hardwaterh4ck3r knows his stuff. I just wanted to know from somone who knows 100% what there talking about n i think he does Thanks for that i think i`ll just have to get the seasonic 600 watt... and btw say if it doesnt sort out my problem... what can it be then... any suggestions will do me nicely
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post #9 of 39
The ASUS P5ND2-SLI is not a crappy board. It's not a great overclocker, but that does not make it crappy. Not everyone overclocks, and those that do have to be very careful about what parts they buy. A normal computer builder just has to check the componants and make sure they are compatible. That's easy. An overclocker must do lots of research and find out not only what is compatible, but what is compatible AND what will be open to changes and modification for overclocking.

Life is always about choices. For instance, my board overclocks like mad, but can't run 2 video cards in full SLI. Your board runs full SLI, but can't overclock very well. As everyone uses their computers for different purposes, each must be evaluated based on that designed purpose. If it is very important to you to have SLI function, you will have to go with a SLI chipset......which do not overclock well on any board. If SLI is not that important to you, then you should stay away from boards that have that feature.


You will want a PSU with strong rails and steady power to get a stable OC on any board.

Please put the specs you posted in your System Specs in your USER CP. This will automatically add them to each post, and save you time having to post them all the time, and makes it easy for everyone to see what you have.
post #10 of 39
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but ive seen people oc on same motherboard to insane clocks... so obviously its possible... just needed to be 100% sure it was my power supply before going out and spending 100 pound on a new one! Thanks anyway now i think i know it is my power supply....
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