Hey everyone, I have a really important question I need to ask, because I'm not the best when it comes to calculating wattages.
You see, I recently built my first gaming rig (loving it by the way), and here are the specs:
Intel Core i3-2120 MSI H77MA-G43 Motherboard 8 GBs of Corsair Vengeance Memory (@1600mhz) EVGA GTX 480 (1.5 GB of GDDR5) Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB Hard Drive Corsair TX 650 (V2) Power supply HAF 912 case
Anyway, I'm really getting into recording videos for YouTube, and I want my videos to look good. For now, the 500 GB drive I have is enough, but I think I'll need more space in the future (also, for backing up everything). So I was thinking about adding a 2 TB drive in the future. The problem is though, I don't know if that would be healthy for my power supply. The GTX 480 can already draw a max of 250 watts on its own, but I need to know if adding this drive in the future would be pushing my power supply too far!
Thanks for reading!
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No, you'll be totally fine. The 480s are power hogs but that leaves you over 400W to work with. I have an SSD and two HDDs on my system with a 560Ti (admittedly I believe it uses less power than the 480) and I haven't had any power troubles.
The hard drives don't draw that much power and you will be fine adding another hard drive.