View Full Version : Powering my 11 CD-RW CD copier tower, how much power do I need?
09-26-03, 11:56 PM
Powering my 11 CD-RW CD copier, how much power do I need?
Seriously, will a 550W antec or sparkle do? Or will I need more? Im really not sure how much power those CD-RW drives use while burning.
Here are the specs, etc. Plus the case has 4 fans in it. Tower of Power (http://secure.newegg.com/app/WishR.asp?ID=430292)
And if I am missing any parts let me know. (Besides the PSU)
Im thinking I may have to use 2 PSU's but I would rather not.
09-27-03, 01:23 AM
I would do dual PSU just in case. 6 drives for one, and 5 and the other for another. Why only 256 megs of ram? When I am burning a cd, it lags my computer, granted I only have one cpu, but I think ram plays a big role in it.
09-27-03, 01:41 AM
Yeah I will most likely end up getting 512MB.
I wanted it to be as cheap as possible.
How many watts should the 2 psu's be? 400W would be enough for the proc and mobo and HD and 4RW's and a 350W for the other 7 drives should be sufficient shouldnt it? I would be using sparkle or antec supplies, not junk ones.
09-27-03, 01:44 AM
I don't think that video card is going to work. What kind of slot is that?
and btw, you gettin' into the bootleg pr0n biz???
09-27-03, 02:03 AM
Ok I fixed the selection for the vid card. (I didnt notice it was mobile, I was only paying attention to price)
To answer your other question: No it would be for burning copies of cd's for artists, software developers etc.
I figured I would compare a PC based copier, to the ones they sell for 1700 bucks in my musicians mag(which have fewer and slower drives) So far it is looking like it will be 5-600dollars less, and still be much better.
09-27-03, 02:30 AM
CD drives and HDDs dont use as much power as you might think. HDD use about 0.6W per Rail (12v and 5v) CD drives are close to the same..Im running an athlon 2400, Radeon 9200, 1gig of RAM, 1 ATA133 IDE controller, 6 HDDs and 2 DVD burners all on a 300W Sparkle PSU :) to give you a little perspective. Oh and 3 120mm fans and 3 80mm fans (Sunon tornados or similar)
*edit* Up a bit late arent we? lol :D
09-27-03, 03:02 AM
Ok, so as long as I'm not oc'ing my Tower of Power I should be fine, I guess I would be getting a sparkle 350w to do the job most likely then.
I think you would be fine on that supply. It's extreme clock rate and core voltage that puts a hurtin' on supplies like the 350 Fortrons. It's hard to stack enough drives on one to phase it.
Do be aware that optical drives do not always play nicely off the promise IDE controllers (which is what the Maxtor card is). I can't promise it won't work, but I can't promise it will either. I've seen it go both ways.
I would strongly suggest the Buffalo PC3200 ram at this price point versus the Crucial 2100. The Winbond CH5 chips on the Buffalo are infinitely superior to anything bearing the Micron name (which is the parent company of Crucial).
09-27-03, 02:54 PM
Alright, yes, I did notice that all the other controllers said they werent for atapi devices, but the maxtor one says on their site that it will work with atapi drives.
And I am not building this thing atm, but when/if I do I just wanted to know so I dont have to take the time in the future, when I really want it.
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