320GB Seagate HD.

By N-Guy
Sep 30, 2006
  1. I'm planning to add a 320GB Seagate SATA but I'm not sure whether I have sufficient power. I'm using an Enermax 480W PSU already with 4 IDE HDs; 300, 250, 200, and 80GBs.
    I also have a 6800GT w/ an Artic Cooling fan and hmm... about 6 case fans... 2 CD Drives of course... but yeah... is the 480W enough or should I upgrade before a 5th harddrive?
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you will need a bigger PSU. I recommend at least 550W
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    I'm not 100% sure, it will be borderline I'd say. It would never hurt to try (I dont think so anyways) since you can always upgrade if it doesnt work.


  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    how many amps is on the 12 volt rails if you have the spair cash then i would suggest an upgrade but i guss you can try it also
  5. N-Guy

    N-Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 105

    I'm not sure, I don't understand all these volt things at the moment but here's my exact PSU right now:

    If a larger PSU is necessary, I think I'll just replace my 80GB HD entirely. I just rather not since it's my Windows HD.

    Thanks for the responses guys.
  6. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    not worth risking frying your system with an underpowered PSU.
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    An underpowered PSU will not fry anything. At worst, you may experience some data loss because of system instability.
  9. N-Guy

    N-Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 105

    Awesome, thanks!
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