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    Another newbie question - psu power connections

    My new case comes with an undoubtedly very cheap 400w power supply. It has a few molex connectors, about enough for my two hard disks, 2 cd/dvd drives and a floppy drive. However, I will have five or six fans to connect up too, all wanting molex connectors. Do I need a better power supply with more connections, or molex splitter cables, or is there something I'm missing here?

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    Best advice is "suck it and see"
    Get splitters to power your fans etc., and if everything works and is stable fully loaded, then don't worry about a new power supply.
    I had a generic 300w P/S running a P4 2.8 Ghz. CPU overclocked to 3.15, 2X120mm fans, 2X80mm fans, 2X40mm fans (1 on northbridge, 1 in removable hard disk caddy), 5 hard disks, 1 floppy, 1 DVD, 1 CD RW, 1 DVD RW without any problem. I've since upgraded from the generic 300w to an Antic 430w, but I've not noticed any improvement in stability.

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    Sucking my power supply doesn't sound very safe

    Thanks, guess I'll order some splitters!

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    You need a new psu my friend- Any cheap generic pre fitted psu's are not reccoemnded for any period of time. Seeying as though you have quite a lot fitted in there you should be looking to upgrade.

    There are some decent psu's available at www.scan.co.uk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve threlfall
    You need a new psu my friend- Any cheap generic pre fitted psu's are not reccoemnded for any period of time. Seeying as though you have quite a lot fitted in there you should be looking to upgrade.

    There are some decent psu's available at www.scan.co.uk.
    A reasonable PSU is on my list of things to buy eventually anyway. If I can't run all my fans, I'll disconnect one or two, I'm not overclocking anyway, at least not straight away.

    My list of kit that I guess will need power is:

    2 hard disks (IDE)
    1 CDRW
    1 DVD (soon to be upgraded to DVD RW)
    4 80mm fans
    EV string
    Cold Cathode Tube
    Coolermaster Aero 7+ PSU cooler.

    What sort of PSU should I be looking at for this (ie. wattage etc.) without spending a fortune?
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