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January 5, 2013 11:45:51 AM

Hi Everyone,
I am trying to build a computer with the following components.

1) AMD Athlon™ II X2 270 - http://www.frys.com/product/6755375
2) MSI 870U-G55 AMD 770 AM3 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - http://www.frys.com/product/6592413
3) DDR3 4GB PC1600MHz DUAL - http://www.frys.com/product/6047968
4) Coolmax 600W 140mm Smart Fan ATX Power Supply with single PCI-E - V-600 - http://www.frys.com/product/5919434

I need to connect upto 4 SATA 3.5 HDD's. Is the power supply mentioned above be sufficient enough for this? If not then what would you recommend with the lowest amount of power requirement and should work at both 115/230 modes.

Thank You

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January 5, 2013 12:11:59 PM

TapDance said:
Hi Everyone,
I am trying to build a computer with the following components.

1) AMD Athlon™ II X2 270 - http://www.frys.com/product/6755375
2) MSI 870U-G55 AMD 770 AM3 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - http://www.frys.com/product/6592413
3) DDR3 4GB PC1600MHz DUAL - http://www.frys.com/product/6047968
4) Coolmax 600W 140mm Smart Fan ATX Power Supply with single PCI-E - V-600 - http://www.frys.com/product/5919434

I need to connect upto 4 SATA 3.5 HDD's. Is the power supply mentioned above be sufficient enough for this? If not then what would you recommend with the lowest amount of power requirement and should work at both 115/230 modes.

Thank You


Hi - A quality 600w unit is more than enough,(assuming one GPU) however Coolmax is
a terrible brand of PSU(one of the worst). You need to find another unit.

Quality brand PSU's: Seasonic, XFX, PC P&Cooling, most Corsair's, most Antec's,
Rosewill Capstone series, Enermax, & a few others.

Tom
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January 5, 2013 12:41:20 PM

Thank you for your suggestion Tom, however will a similar PS from any other manufacturer support 4 SATA 3.5 inch HDD's?

The specs on this one are as follows

Specification Value
Type: ATX
Wattage: 600
PFC: No
80 Plus: No
SLI: No
Crossfire: No
Modular: No
+3.3V: 24
+5V: 24
Number of +12V Rails: 3
+12V 1: 18
+12V 2: 18
+12V 3: 15
+12V 4:
+12V 5:
+12V 6:
+12V 7:
+12V 8:
Motherboard Connector: 20 + 4 Pin
15 Pin SATA: 3
4 Pin Molex: 3
4 Pin + 12V: 1
6 Pin PCI-Express: 1
6 + 2 Pin (8) PCI-Express:
8 Pin PCI-Express:
8 Pin EPS 12V:
4 Pin Floppy Connector: 1
HP Video 4 Pin:
Aux 6 Pin:
Dell 6 Pin:
Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.9 x 3.3
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January 5, 2013 1:03:34 PM

TapDance said:
Thank you for your suggestion Tom, however will a similar PS from any other manufacturer support 4 SATA 3.5 inch HDD's?

The specs on this one are as follows

Specification Value
Type: ATX
Wattage: 600
PFC: No
80 Plus: No
SLI: No
Crossfire: No
Modular: No
+3.3V: 24
+5V: 24
Number of +12V Rails: 3
+12V 1: 18
+12V 2: 18
+12V 3: 15
+12V 4:
+12V 5:
+12V 6:
+12V 7:
+12V 8:
Motherboard Connector: 20 + 4 Pin
15 Pin SATA: 3
4 Pin Molex: 3
4 Pin + 12V: 1
6 Pin PCI-Express: 1
6 + 2 Pin (8) PCI-Express:
8 Pin PCI-Express:
8 Pin EPS 12V:
4 Pin Floppy Connector: 1
HP Video 4 Pin:
Aux 6 Pin:
Dell 6 Pin:
Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.9 x 3.3


Hi again - Yes, most modern PSU's (all the quality one's) will have the necessary qty of
SATA connectors, and PCI-E connectors(at least one 6pin & 1 6+2pin, all the other
things are in pretty much all PSU's. Don't be concerned with the # of +12v rails,
in fact 1 +12v rail is probably superior to multiple rails.

Tom

BTW, I think the 2nd link rolli listed is the best value.

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January 5, 2013 2:37:06 PM

Thank you Tom & Rolli59, really appreciate the help!!
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January 5, 2013 2:38:11 PM

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January 5, 2013 4:08:48 PM

TapDance said:
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January 6, 2013 12:57:49 PM

TapDance said:
Hey Tom,
I have found a functional Power Supply from an old ATX tower PC. http://www.itwinkle.com/hp46posu51.html

Can i use this Power Supply with the following Micro-ATX MB
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/FM2-A55M-P33.html


Hi - I can't vouch for the condition of the PSU, but it does have
the right connectors to work with modern mother boards.
Give it a try, Psu's are easy to remove and install.

However, it has only 1 6pin PCI-E connector, and no peripheral(Molex)
connectors. So, you might need to get a GPU that only requires
1 - 6pin. However, there might be adapters avail to convert
some of the IDE cables, I'm not sure tho.

Tom

OK - IDE to molex adapters do exist. You may not need any, depending
on your GPU choice. I use molex connectors to power a couple of
fans in place of the motherboard fan connectors. Here again, if
you select a gpu that requires more than one pci-e connector
you get a molex to pci-e adapter, if you already have an IDE
to molex.

IDE to PCI-E adapters are actually plug in controllers, and that becomes
a more expensive proposition, and here again you may not need
it.

So, if you get a gpu that requires only 1 6pin connector, then you need not
be concerned with any of the above.
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January 6, 2013 1:41:51 PM

TapDance said:
Hi Tom, Thank you again for a very detailed response. I am however trying to avoid the GPU issue by using this APU

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006DLP6JA/ref=gno_car...

What do you think?


Hi again - as long as you're not going to get into PC gaming then
processor based graphics will be OK. I used integrated
graphics for 3.5 month's before I got a GPU (had to get a decent PSU 1st).

If you are going to get into gaming then you will need a discrete
graphics card. Many good ones require only 1 - 6 pin connector.

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January 6, 2013 1:46:14 PM

Agree, i want to build a very cheap home server and connect upto 4 HDD's. I think this will serve me nicely. Gaming is furthest from my mind for now!!

Thank You for everything Tom!!
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