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Mr_Cheese

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#1 12 years ago

Hi guys! I was poking around my PC today and found that not only did I have a measly 6GB free on my 70GB HDD but also that I am depriving my gfx card of power due to an insufficient power supply. So, obvious question, any suggestions for an additional HDD and a replacement power suppy? As per usual, cheap as possible without sacrificing quality, £100 absolute maximum.

My mobo is a 3 year-old Packard Bell Quasar: mb04401.jpg

My HDD is IDE and my power supply the 4-pin type (not sure if there's newer ones).

I was thinking of the Seagate 120GB 7200rpm 8mb Cache Barracuda 7200.7 but I'm not sure about power. Anything above 350W with plenty of cooling would be fine I think. I saw the Xpro 460w Quiet PSU but wasn't sure if it was compatible with the rest of my PC.

Any help would be great.

Cheers :)




FlyGuy45

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#2 12 years ago
Mr_Cheese

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#3 12 years ago

Thanks FlyGuy :)

Maybe I should have phrased my question (and title) a bit differently.

Basically I want to know whether there's any particular connections that I need to watch out for so the new stuff fits with the old.




Eglaerinion

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#4 12 years ago

Don't buy a very cheap PSU because they're usually crap, it's an often neglected but very important part of your PC.

Checked the site and the Antec TruePower II 480W PSU just fits in your budget. As far as I know it's compatible (check with a retailer first) and if you build a new PC in the future you can just keep this PSU because it's really good.




Duke of Holland

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#5 12 years ago

Just get something of Antec, I find them very good :D Reason: Got one myself ;)




Polska

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#6 12 years ago

Hiper Type-R Modular 580W, all there is needed to be said.




Mr_Cheese

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#7 12 years ago

Thanks :)

Is a serial ATA connector the standard 4-pin one? Also I need to have enough connectors to power 2 DVD drives, 1 3.5" floppy, 2 HDDs and my gfx card, the one you suggested Eglaerinion said it only comes with 4 connectors...




MkH^

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#8 12 years ago

Are you sure your MOBO supports S-ATA? I can't seem to find a slot for it on the picture.

Anyway, for PSU I'd recommend something high quality - or famous make at least. No reason to scorch your entire rig when your power supply fails.




MG42Maniac

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#9 12 years ago
polskaHiper Type-R Modular 580W, all there is needed to be said.

Agreed, mine has no issues running my PC and its a real power gusler.

I don't think a 3yr old Motherboard would support SATA, so i'm assuming its IDE HDD's you will be looking at. SATA is only slightly faster than IDE in real useage, the only SATA drives that really wipe the floor with IDE drives are the Raptors. I'd got a 74GB raptor and it kicks the shit out of my old IDE drive but it cost £140 for 74GB lol.

As for you, I'd pick up a WD Cavair Special Edition 160GB w/ 8mb cache for £44 from here And as for the PSU i'd get a Seasonic 430W from here For £41 The HDD is plenty big enough unless your storing lots of porn and movies and Seasonic make some of the best PSU's money can buy.

So its £44 + £41 + £5 P&P = £90.




emonkies

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#10 12 years ago

I work as a Computer Tech/Salesperson. I work on, build, and repair PC's daily.

A 350W is a good start but dont buy a cheapie power supply, hereafter called a PSU.

PSU's are rated in sales at say 350w. That almosat always means peak power output. Normally they are much lower. A Antec tru power is the best way to go. We sell these at work and have only seen ever come back bad and Antec replaced it.

I would recommend get as best as you can afford so it can handle later upgrades, and there are always later upgrades. :)

Dont worry about the power connector for your HDD. Most new PSU's support SATA drives but all PSU's still come eith the 4 pin Moles connector so you dont have to worry about not having a connection.

The HDD you have selected is a good one, and Seagate is the preferred brand we use at work although I also like Western Digital.