Originally Posted by Dom.Gilberto
but ive seen people oc on same motherboard to insane clocks... so obviously its possible...
I guess that depends on what you consider insane
. The most I can remember someone getting on a SLI board was, I think, 260 FSB.
That's good, don't get me wrong, but it's not the 285FSB I am running on my P5WD2-Premium (and I am only stopped there due to heat). Nor the 300FSB+ pauldovi is running on his E-Premium.
Do you need a good PSU?
Will a bad PSU hold you back?
But the best PSU in the world will not help if the CPU and/or the board isn't up to the job.
Not that I am recomending throwing away your system and starting from scratch. Get a good, high quality PSU, it needs to deliver solid power on the rails and should be at least 450-500w(depending on how many HDs, the type of video card, fans, lights, ect you run in your system). Upgrade your PSU, see how far you can get, if you decided to upgrade your board later, you can still use that solid PSU.
But just buying a PSU that puts out 500w isn't enough, have to look at the specs on HOW it delivers that 500w.
Xion PowerReal XON-600F14T-201
That's the PSU I have, notice the output specs where it rates the amps on each rail.
Output: +3.3V@35A, +5V@53A, +12V1@22A, +12V2@22A, -5V@0.5A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.5A
That's a $100 PSU ($90 after rebate).
Now look at this....
That's a $40 PSU.....and look at it's ouput specs....
+3.3V@17A, +5V@25A, +12V1@16A, +12V2@18A, -5V@0.5A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A
See the difference? Almost similar wattage rating, but a big difference in amprege delivered. The 500w version of my PSU has slightly lower amprege rating on the 12v lines than the 600w, 18 and 20 respectivly.......but still better than the $40 one. The minimum you really want is 18 IMHO, but the more you get, the more room you have to grow.