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April 28, 2011 9:11:37 PM

I just built a system for the 2nd time, and I don't know if should keep this 600 watt psu that I bought for $35. I'm not overclocking the computer, I have 4 hard drives, one ssd, and 2 sata drives, and quad core q9300. I've gone to 2 different watt calculator sites and it says that I'm close to 430 watts, but I hope I'm not leaving anything out (I can't think of anything, it has so many things on the lists).

So I can't find any information about what percentage I should use of the total watts availalble, and if I should just buy another supply (I edit weddings and can't risk the hard drives being blown).

It's this supply http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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April 28, 2011 9:28:49 PM

its not a very efficent PSU, but it should work well enough, you arn't even close to reaching the capacity if you dont have a graphics card that sucks power.

PSU calcs generally put an overhead to the accual wattage that you would need, you should be fine with that or a 450w psu.
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April 29, 2011 5:08:50 AM

I was mostly concerned that because it's $35 and much lower than others that are for 600 watts that I could run the risk of damaging my hard drives because it may fail at some point.
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April 29, 2011 12:16:12 PM

provid1600 said:
I just built a system for the 2nd time, and I don't know if should keep this 600 watt psu that I bought for $35. I'm not overclocking the computer, I have 4 hard drives, one ssd, and 2 sata drives, and quad core q9300. I've gone to 2 different watt calculator sites and it says that I'm close to 430 watts, but I hope I'm not leaving anything out (I can't think of anything, it has so many things on the lists).

So I can't find any information about what percentage I should use of the total watts availalble, and if I should just buy another supply (I edit weddings and can't risk the hard drives being blown).It's this supply http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

So your computer is vital to your livelyhood ?
I've seen bride's go postal when they are told that their picture's were lost, could be detrimental to your health.
You shouldn't even be considering a budget power supply.
Can you order from Newegg ? You'll do better there than at MC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You don't need this much power, but it should have enough connectors for all of your peripherals.
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April 29, 2011 1:35:18 PM

You should also be making lots of offsite/disconnected back ups and not be relying on one or 2 harddrives if your doing things like weddings where losing the data is not an option
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April 29, 2011 1:44:00 PM

I personally would do a 3 step back up just to be safe I would be proper pissed if my weddings pics were lost just because of 1 faulty device.

1: Store photo's on usb stick/memory card.
2: Another copy on a dvd/cd.
3: On a back up HDD or external hdd.
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April 29, 2011 4:03:54 PM

Great Idea - You need an excuss to buy a whole new system.
Buy a $35 600 Watt PSU and wait for it to turn your MB/GPU and possibly other hardware into fried crispy critters.

Take the advice given by others - Buy a "Quality" PSU.
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April 29, 2011 6:56:12 PM

With PSUs if you buy cheap you'll buy twice.
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