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Thread: How much power for a loaded PC?




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    Just wondering how much power would be needed for a pretty loaded PC
    Say....
    -P4 or Prescott?
    -6 Hard Drives
    -3 CD/DVD Devices
    -Radeon 9700 AIW
    -Sound Card
    -HeatSink
    -6 case fans
    -Lights

    I am probably gonna start off with 2 hard drives, then work my way up.
    I just don't want to be upgrading my PSU as I upgrade the PC.
    Better to be safe now then sorry later

    I am looking at brand names like Enermax or Antec.
    Will a ENERMAX EG-465P-VE enough to do the job adaquetly?
    Or should I be looking at something over 500watts?

    Thanks for any input :wave:

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    I'd be concerned with finding something that has that many 4-pin molex connectors. I'd personally go with an Antec 500W or better, since Enermax PSU's don't have as high of a total wattage between the 3.3 and 5V rails. This isn't to say Enermax sucks, but Antec is pretty hard to beat. Personally, I like Sparkle PSU's, but I'm just not sure how big of a PSU they make. They've got a 400W one I know, but beyond that, I'm not sure.

    Whatever you get, ya definitely don't wanna go cheap.

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    "4-pin molex connectors" are the connectors between the PSU and the IDE drives rite?

    Is there a way of knowing how many connectors a specific PSU has?
    I looked at several online stores and did not see such a descpriction.
    Is there a way to increase these connectors?

    Also what do you think about Vantec power supplies?

    Thanks :p

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    Yup. Molex connectors are the ones that feed the power to the device.

    If you don't have enough, you can buy a Y plug to convert 1 molex connector into 2.

    The 350W versions of the Antec and Sparkle have 6 4-pin molex connectors, 1 4-pin P4 connector, 1 20-pin ATX connector, 1 Auxillary 6-pin connector and 2 4-pin floppy power connectors.

    If you can look at a datasheet or a .pdf file (need Adobe Acrobat reader for that) they often have a layout of the plugs so you can see how many their are.

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