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Looking at using 8 1tb F3's on a Perc 6/i, Asus P5NSLI w/ Q6600 and a 8600GS for file storage/nas/torrent machine...
Wondering how much power i'll need, im assuming i'll need about 250-300w peak?
Any assistance would be helpful

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post #2 of 11
a 500-600 watt psu since they get max efficiency around 50% load
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post #3 of 11
Something like the Corsair CX430 would do just fine;

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=16471

Or any other ~450w cheaper alternative from a good brand like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic

EDIT: Maybe look at this also?

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13454
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post #4 of 11
OP your setup will likely peak more than 300W on full load, get a 400+ just to be safe.

You can get the Corsair CX430 V2 at newegg for $40 after $10 mail-in rebate with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026


Edit: Damn... just saw you lived in Australia, will leave up for anyone else looking for a good ~400W psu.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/16/11 at 7:41am
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
a 500-600 watt psu since they get max efficiency around 50% load
That's a pretty silly thing to say...

Edit: His setup will draw around 200w full load.
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post #6 of 11
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=13454 will do very nicely. It's more than you need but it's the cheapest unit I'd recommend out of all the units PC Case Gear offers.
post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
a 500-600 watt psu since they get max efficiency around 50% load
what? lol. max efficiency at 50% load? you know that there is no truth to that statement right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
a 500-600 watt psu since they get max efficiency around 50% load
Uh... what?

No.
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
a 500-600 watt psu since they get max efficiency around 50% load
There is truth in this statement, but it's a negligible concern when looking for a power supply, just get the wattage you need and at least an 80+ efficiency.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2624/3


Quote:
Originally Posted by GameBoy View Post
That's a pretty silly thing to say...

Edit: His setup will draw around 200w full load.

Nvidia reccomends a minimum of 350W psu for an 8600 GTS (could not find 8600 GS)
, but with 8 hard-drives I would just play it safe and get a 400+ watt psu.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/16/11 at 9:47am
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkItZo View Post
Looking at using 8 1tb F3's on a Perc 6/i, Asus P5NSLI w/ Q6600 and a 8600GS for file storage/nas/torrent machine...
Wondering how much power i'll need, im assuming i'll need about 250-300w peak?
Any assistance would be helpful

Thanks guys.
corsair vx450 & antec high current gamer400 are your best bet,both are extremely capable psu's...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371046
hope this helps
Edited by Aniket - 5/16/11 at 9:40am
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