P5AD2 Premium for 1st build

Discussion in 'Asus' started by John H, Oct 18, 2004.

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    John H Guest

    Hi all

    I have decided to build a PC for the first time. The most I have done before
    is replacing a sound or graphics card. I figure its best to go with the new
    Intel chipset for future upgradability options, and have decided to build a
    system around the P5AD2 Premium board and P4 550 3.4GHz processor.

    Is this a realistic aim for a first time build? I have read some articles on
    the net saying it is hard to install the processor in these boards because
    the pins are on the board and not on the chip.

    Also I don't know what power supply I will need and what case it will fit
    into. I'm all googled out and need some pointers. Is there a site out there
    that can help? It would be great if ASUS (or some other site) had links to
    compatible power supplys and cases for their boards. Or am I living in dream

    Many thanks in advance

    John H, Oct 18, 2004
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    Vic LeArndt Guest

    I'm sure the choosen MB and CPU will be just fine.
    The main thing (in my opinion) when building a PC is to choose a good case.
    When assembling all cards, led's fans, etc you want easy access to all
    cables, mounting brackets etc. Cheap cases are usually harder and more
    difficult to install equipment into. You will also usually find that the
    cooling and sound level from cheap cases are poor compared to "brand" cases.

    For PSU, go with 500+Watt. Since your HW is expensive, don't try to be cheap
    on the PSU to save some bucks.

    Good luck!
    Vic LeArndt, Oct 19, 2004
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    LeeBos Guest

    For my P5AD2 I used an ANTEC TRU550EPS12V ATX and it works great. As for
    installing the CPU I would not say it's any more difficult, only different. As
    with any CPU you must be careful when installing it.

    OS install is a little more difficult because of the many options you can use
    for the boot drive or raid set.
    LeeBos, Oct 19, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    Just bult at system using this board...3.4 p4 & 1gb of ram having probs
    using Hauppauge - WinTV NOVA and playing vids...pc locks up and restarts
    Using a 400 watt power supply but only 20pin, would a 24pin and higher power
    supply sort this out ?
    All ran ok using old 3.2 p4 and asus p4p800
    Dave, Oct 20, 2004
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    DER Guest

    Go to Hauppauge online and download/install their latest drivers. This has
    solved many a problem I've had with TV cards/vid playbacks. The 20vs24 pin
    issue is normally not a problem, but after all else fails to solve the
    problem...yea...replace the PS with a Good Quality PS with 24 Pins.

    DER, Oct 20, 2004
  6. Hiya John

    I have built a new system with this mobo, and all is well, yes the processor
    fitting is a little different, i followed the intrustions and all was fine.
    I went for the Enermax CoolerGiant 480W PSU, am very impressed with it, very
    quiet, and cools very well. Also ATX 12V V2.0, and has
    the connector for the new type of graphic cards.

    I am based in the UK and get all my bits from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

    Leigh-Anne Mills, Oct 21, 2004
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