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Athlon 3200 low voltage alert


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I just installed an OEM Athlon 3200 and it seems to be running smoothly, but the temperature / voltage utility pops up with a warning that the voltage is dropping below 11v. The lowest it drops to is 10.86v. Is this something I should be worried about? I have the voltage set to 1.65 in the BIOS, as it should be.
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Likely a power supply issue. How big is your power supply?
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It's a 300 watt ATX power supply.

Also, If I try to run any processor intensive 3D programs with the FSB set at 200, the system locks up. Right now I have it back at 166, and it's fine. I'm guessing this would relate to the power supply issue as well?
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I would recommend trying another power supply. Do yourself a favor and get a quality, name brand one. A quick way to check the quality of the power supply is to lift it up, a quality power supply will be heavier than an inferior one.

A quality 300W power supply will probably outperform a cheap 400W. With an Athlon64, a modern 3D graphics card, and multiple drives, a quality 400W power supply should meet your needs and allow for future expansion. Expect to pay $40-50.
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I'll try that. Thanks for your help, yet again!
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