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August 8, 2010 8:55:27 AM

Hello all,

Just want to know if a 350 watt psu can take

4 hdds
1 dvd writer
sparkle nvidia 9400 gt 1gb
intel dg965ry mother board
intel core 2 duo e6300 1.86 ghz
2 gb of memory(1x1)

1. I had 2 hdds now but i want to add another 2 hdds. CAN I ADD?

2. If so then how many more than 2 hdds can I add.

Please help me.....

Thanks!!!

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a b å Intel
August 8, 2010 7:50:23 PM

You should be OK to add 2 more HDDs with that PSU and those parts.
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August 9, 2010 6:46:01 PM

exactly what psu? if its decent wuality it can run that. but if its an old, outdated, junky psu it may not be able to handle it.
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a b ) Power supply
August 9, 2010 6:48:09 PM

^ like he said, if you have a quality psu, then you will run it no problem
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a b ) Power supply
August 9, 2010 8:35:54 PM

Take in mind that when a PSU is used heavily or over an extended period of time (more than one year) it will slowly lose some of its initial wattage capacity. That is called "electrolytic capacitor aging".
Therefore, if it is more than 3 years old, despite being a quality PSU, I would think about buying a new one in the near future.
The CORSAIR CX400 is a great option for you (34$ after rebate at newegg).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyway your old PSU should work fine for a while since 350W is more than enough, but I recommend you to buy a new one.
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a b ) Power supply
August 9, 2010 8:47:42 PM

btw: how much of its wattage capacity will a psu lose each year?
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a b ) Power supply
August 10, 2010 12:47:16 PM

It depends on the quality of the Psu's caps, but, in my opinion, a 5-10% per year would be near to the reality. If the computer is working 24/7 the lost of the wattage capacity will be a bit bigger.
Therefore, if someone plans to use the same PSU for even five years, I would go for a PSU with a 25-30% wattage capacity more than needed. If the PSU is a high quality one, a 15% would be enough.
Take in mind that all this is just my recommendation.
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