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How to add a second PSU to system?

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Okay, so I'm going to get myself a GTX 280, and since my RD400-2SB doesn't have a 8-pin PCI-E, and I don't have $$ to buy one at the moment, so I'm looking to set my little dinky 185W PSU into my system to power my HD's, fans, etc.

I hear there's a paperclip mod, but I'm not sure what the *Bleep* it is. Could someone guide me? Last thing I need to do is kill my system, since it's the only one I have.
post #2 of 6
Here you go: http://www.overclock.net/t/96712/how-to-jump-start-a-power-supply-psu-test-a-power-supply-and-components
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You can turn a PSU on with a paper clip in the green wire and a ground. While I don't recommend using this long term it's better to get a bigger PSU for what you're trying to do.
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Yes there is a paper clip mod...for real!
Using a paper clip incert one into the green wire of your 24 pin cable and incert the other end of the paper clip into any black wire to power up the second psu.
However, long term use is not advised. Also do not let that paper clip come into contact with metal as this may short the psu and take out everything connected to it.

I see a larger, higher quality psu in your future.
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Do NOT use that 185w PSU to power anything other than fans or pump. It is most likely a very old design so the regulation will be terrible especially due to cross-loading. However, if you only plan to use it for fans... then what is the point since it will be powering only 10-15w.
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Fans, HDD's. That's about it, really. 400W's + 185W's = 585, but there is heat waste, so that does cut down a bit of Wattage. I need it for a GTX 280. So, could I just electric tape the *Bleep* out of the paperclip and keep it in my system? I want my stuff cable managed, and I don't like loose cables... biggrin.gif
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