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FlyingMonkey
10-27-01, 01:38 PM
I've got a power-hungry system, and I was wondering how far I could go on this 300watt power supply

So far, I've got..
AMD 1.4GHz
Geforce 3
Six USB Devices
Sound card & NIC
CD-RW & DVD
7200RPM HDD

Also, about five fans + the HSF on both the graphics card and cpu (About seven total)

Would I be able to add.. say .. another 7200RPM HDD?
I really have no clue either way. Is there a chart that may explain how much load you can put on a ###watt Power supply?

BaLa
10-27-01, 01:44 PM
not sure about this...
but I think you've got a pretty heavy load on your PSU right now..
I would suggest getting at least a 430 Watt PSU

FlyingMonkey
10-27-01, 02:20 PM
the thing is .. everyone's been suggesting this and suggesting that. I thank everyone for their opinions, but is there anything written down saying this?

Not that I don't believe anyone, but I'm getting so many different answers, it's hard to know which one to go with in the end :)

MartialArtist12
10-27-01, 04:02 PM
A 330w-400w is good for you.

I got two 7200 HD's, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, floppy, 8 high-output fans, four PCI devices, 2 USB devices, and many other stuff on my 1.33GHz XP system which is overclocked. I get along just fine with that with my 350watt HEC.

KANO
10-27-01, 05:34 PM
i dont get problems with a 300 watt psu, ive got 7 usb devices, to 72 hdds, cd writer, cdrom 6 fans and a 1.4 athlon. unless your crashing alot dont worry about it.

terrancelam
10-27-01, 05:49 PM
If you don't plan on ocing, you should be fine. I personally recommend 350W as the average for 1.2ghz+ T-bird owners. Why? T-birds are SUPER hungry when it come to PSUs and depending on the powersource in your area, it fluxes too much for the 300W to work efficiently (The 5V and 12V really can go nuts, and if are lower then 0.5V from the standard can cause problems.)

But to answer your question, your putting alot of strain on that PSU of your already, you could try and add another HD to it, but you might have some problems. The chances of this happening are atleast 75%.

FlyingMonkey
10-27-01, 09:45 PM
Originally posted by terrancelam
T-birds are SUPER hungry when it come to PSUs and depending on the powersource in your area, it fluxes too much for the 300W to work efficiently (The 5V and 12V really can go nuts, and if are lower then 0.5V from the standard can cause problems.)

'S why I have UPS :)
Thanks for the input. To pricewatch I go ..

Thor Walez
10-28-01, 08:23 AM
look @my signature (CPU is @1.90v) all this with 4 80*80 and 2 smaller fans connected with a regular 300watts PS!

... But if you buy a new one try a 431+Watts Enermax PS I heard they rock!!!

-Thor

YARDofSTUF
10-28-01, 08:25 AM
if u have a psu with an adjustable pot u can raise teh 5v line too

i would think my 300 watt antec could handle ur load so ur 300watter should too