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Thread: Building My First P4 System




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    I've read good things about your board. Would I be better off with it? I see that you use DDR400. Is that stable? What do you have the FSB set at?

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    Let me know how that SiS chipset works out for you.....I've been warned away from them by a few people - but they do seem to have a pretty big upside if you get them working right.

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    I build a lot of intel systems at work - and for the best combination of performance stability, I still think intel chipsets are the best.
    SiS chipset look very attactive - but my hardware supplier has told my that SiS based P4 boards still have a much higher percentage w/problems ranging from odd little quirks that you can live with to DOA's - personally I can live w/o that

    the Web reviews do look good as well - but I bet every board sent to reviewers has been pretested & is known to be a good example of the product - plus bad reveiws of any product on the web are very rare - since reviewers that routinely flame the products will soon find their freebees pretty hard to come by - forums are a better place to find an honest opinion - although the whiners tend to post more than the satisfied customers

    SiS may have ironed out their issues by now - I hope they have, but I hate it when I have a box that just doesn't run right - & the issues aren't really a big enough problem to warrant an RMA

    My P4 system isn't Oc'd - it's basically the one my wife & kids use most of the time (excellent framerates in Reader Rabbit :thumb: ) - I am using the 4:3 ratio for the memory speed - so it's running like DDR355 right now...the 4:3 ratio is actually ment for using DDR266 w/ a 400FSB P4 - but it gives a nice little boost to a non-OC'd system

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    None of the SiS chipsets right now support HTT (yes seems odd, but SiS insists that a new chipset will support it). Personally, I'd recommend (depending on what features you need) either the Albatron PX845PEV Pro (if you don't need a whole whack of features), or the PX845PE Pro II if you want raid, dual bios, etc... Both boards I'd recommend highly (I wouldn't be using one if I didn't :D)
    <font size=1>Pentium 4 2.53GHz @ 3.515GHz (FSB: 185; VCore: 1.725)</font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/products/heatsink/v7plus.htm">ThermalTake Volcano 7+</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.albatron.com.tw/product/PX845PEV_800.asp">Albatron PX845PEV-800</a></font>
    <font size=1>512MB Samsung DDR333 @ DDR370</font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.ati.com/products/pc/radeon9700pro/">Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?prodkey=ASC-29160">Adaptec 29160 Ultra160 SCSI Controller</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing/detail/0,1081,321,00.html">Seagate ST373405LW 73GB U160 SCSI</a></font>
    <font size=1>Enermax EG465P-VE 450watt PSU</font>
    <font size=1>CPU Temp (100%): 39 C; HDD Temp (100%): 31 C (100%); Chipset Temp (100%): 32 C</font>

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    I've ordered all of the parts now and should have it Monday or Tuesday. Should I use the Arctic Silver 3 instead of the thermal grease that comes with the Volcano 7+? Also I know that the V7+ has 3 speeds. Can I leave it on medium speed even when playing games or do I need to open the case up and switch to high every time I'm gonna play a game?

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    If the case hase those pushout I/O cutouts in the back then ya can mount it in one of those or mod an expansion slot cover or just do this ;)

    <img src="http://forums.tweaktown.com/attachment.php?s=&postid=115375">
    Switch mounted in 5.25" bay face plate but my Server has it in the 3.5" one.
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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