P4 3.0Ghz 800mhz FSB
2x 512mb ddr400
three hard drives (two in raid 0)
two optical drives (DVD writer and CD writer)
usb wireless keyboard/mouse
The reason I ask is I'd like to stuff all that into an Antec Sonata, and I'd rather not buy a new psu and waste the one it comes with. I'm willing to drop an optical drive if necessary. If I was buyin' the supply seperately I'd go with something like a 480 watt just to be safe. I mean really there's no application that will be using all of those devices at once, so I don't need to go by the max wattage requirements for each device in deciding, right? (If I did, it'd end up closer to 500.) If I'm very close to the limit of that psu, can I try it out anyway and see if it works alright? Will I fry any components or just get lots of crashes? Thanks for any help!
Oh, and if I do end up needing something larger, is anyone interested in purchasing that psu? This'll be next month, and I'm in California. Just thought I'd ask-- there is always eBay.
Thanks for any help!
My opinion is that 380W is going to be pretty close to the bare minimum for that setup. If I were you, I'd give it a try like that. Keep in mind though, that if you ever want to upgrade or add new devices, you're probably going to have to upgrade your PSU to something beefier.
I'd try it. What's the worst that can happen? These power supplies have overload protection, so if it overloads it simply shuts off.
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