Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 11
11-19-2010, 06:55 PM
Originally Posted by Bass_Star
My current supply is 450W.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU
video card
5 internal hard drives,
Not a chance that'll work. The watt ratings on PSUs aren't all that meaningful, but a nominal "450W" is really low end. (What you actually need to look at is the current drain of each component, and the maximum supply on each rail - there'll be a sticker on the PSU listing it. Usually the video card and hard drives are what get you)

Is my Win7 drive somehow dependent on the WinXP drive?
Probably just for the bootloader.
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 12
11-20-2010, 12:43 PM
I would go for a minimum of 550watt for yours but would strongly recommend a 600-650watt. It is always better to have more than enough, than to run right on the edge. Plus there are so many factors involved. The TRUE continuous ability to supply power, what peaks it will handle, how stable is is. This is the reason a good power supply cost more than a cheap one with the same rating. PSU's can cause a multitude of problems. You may well indeed be under supplying the system. Besides it NEVER hurts to have a good PSU.
Lt. Commander
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# 13
12-11-2010, 01:13 PM
Just wanted to give a quick update:

I ended up getting a new power supply and that seems to have fixed the problem. Haven't had a crash yet, either in STO or the system itself.

Many, many thanks again to all the help from everybody

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