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Do I have enough power?

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Hi All,

I've posted this on another site but the response is a little slow so I've come back to the best place :)

I've recently built my new system containing the following components

Asrock Dual VSTA
Intel P4 D940
2GB Corsair TwinX 3200 C2 DDR
2 x 250GB Samsung HDD's
2 X DVD RW
Audigy 4 sound card
PCI TV card

The system is working great apart from a problem which showed up on a visit to PC Pitstop concerning my graphics card (XFX Nvidia 7600gs) I get a result saying "Low Video Performance" This is when PC Pitstops screen comes up showing the Large counting numbers! I can actually see a delay compared to my 6200 graphics card which I re-installed to compare (drivers uninstalled and re-installed each time)


I'm sure the mobo and 7600GS are functioning correctly as Soldier of fortune still runs just fine. I'm just wondering if I have a powerful enough PSU as the one I'm using is only about 350watt . Is this enough for the system listed above?

I've not really got used to this BIOS yet so there are probably more adjustments in there for me to mess with. I've not tinkered with any serious settings yet as I can't find out what anything does. The manual is rubbish.

When gaming my D940 CPU is hitting 65C (Intel heatsink and fan) is this normal or do I need more cooling too?

Also USB isn't high speed either. How do I speed it up?

TIA for your help
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by:achchee
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I think you need a larger power supply (you can use this calculator to get the right one)  Equally important though is cooling and your case's ability to exhaust heat away from your components. I think you can never go wrong with more than enough cooling.

http://www.journeysystems.com/power_supply_calculator.php
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by:jhend28
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65c for the CPU isn't too bad. I personally would get myself a Zalman and keep it even cooler though. Your motherboard probably only supports USB 1. I would get a USB 2.0 card. And make sure you have SP2.

As for your power... It depends on what all you are using at once. I would HIGHLY reccomend getting a better PSU though. Usually anything under 400Watts is not only not powerful enough, but also cheaply made.
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by:orbiter5
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Thanks for those comments. I'll look into getting more power. I do Have SP2 installed and my Mobo does support USB 2 http://www.asrock.com/product/775Dual-VSTA.htm however my system pops up a message that these ports can run much faster with USB 2

On the graphics problem side, I noticed last night that in media player 10 when I had it small screen with all my music listings on the right the virtualistation graphics showing on the left they would be notchy, but full screen the graphics were fine, fast and smooth.. Any ideas?
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by:smiffy13
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I recently installed a XFX 6800gs in a customers PC: according to the system requirements on the box it required a minimum power supply of 500 watts. I notice that the XFX website does not make any reference to this requirement.
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by:Dynamic1
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As for the PSU I woulkd go with a good quality 400-500 watt. Also as for your usb ports download intels chipset drivers for your motherboard.
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BTW the chipset drivers also will help you with the Video card problems.
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by:jhend28
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Since that board's chipset is done by VIA i'd get the chipset from ViaArena.com.

Also, check your BIOS and make sure USB 2.0 is turned on.
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by:orbiter5
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I sorted the USB 2 problem out, It seemed the controller hadn't been updated by MS SP2 so I did it manually.

The display problem still exists though. I have installed the latest VIA chipset drivers and made sure my BIOS is set up properly. I can even see this problem when opening and closing IE screens, it doesn't just appear and disappear, it seem to be built up when opening as opposed to just flashing up and scrolls down when closing. Don't get me wrong its not terribly slow just slow enough to see a difference from my last system which was nowhere near as fast as this one (should be)
As previously stated I really shows up when using the likes of Media player. However on full screen the visualisations are really fast but when the screen is smaller with my song list on the right. The visualisations are in slowmotion and CPU usage is at 40% :(

Could this be a Windows instalation problem as opposed to a hardware issue??
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by:orbiter5
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I've now re-installed windows and the graphics problem still exists. I've run aquamark 3 and the scores are pretty good without any overclocking (overall 51.577)
As previously stated I really shows up when using the likes of Media player. However on full screen the visualisations are really fast but when the screen is smaller with my song list on the right. The visualisations are in slowmotion and CPU usage is at 40% :(


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I've now found out that there has been a drver issue over the 7600 Nvidia cards and a few others, it seems this is related to the problem i'm having between my graphics card and Media Player 10 visualisations.
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