Give me some advice fine hardware fiddlers...
I am about to dabble in a little Linux and recently added a 4gb hard disk to my system to find out if I wanted to have go. When I added it and booted into windows, I had MSI Fuzzy Logic beeping at me saying the CPU fan wasn't connected. Now I am pretty sure that this is because there is less juice for the system after adding the extra disk, and as I have a fairly stacked system, I wanted your advice.
Currently, I have a 350W Enermax PSU (very nice so far) and my system consists of:
MSI KT3 Ultra2 mobo
AMD Athlon XP2000+
Leadtek GF4-4400TI 128MB VIVO.
2 * 80GB Western Digital 7200rpm hard disks
Lite-ON 48x CDRW
250MB Zip Drive
Audigy PLatinum (with Live Drive)
I am also running a number or USB devices including a Canon Scanner which draws power from the USB completely.
Common sense tells me that this lot is sucking on that PSU like a newborn baby to its mother's boobs, but what size do I need. Bearing in mind, I am strapped for cash right now, my alternatives seem to be:
Do I need to go the whole hog and get a 550W PSU...or is it a case of "It wouldn't do any harm...".
I would love a 550W Enermax but I just can't go that far....