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sunny441

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hi everyone

Am not much of a hardware guy. i know the basics and know enough about getting computers to work ;)

My computer has a 350 W power supply at the moment. I plan on putting an extra fan and a new DVD burner in there too. The problem with this is that there are not enough adapters to plug these into. As a matter of fact there are no available sources to plug these into. One of the fans though has an extra female adapter, and the other fan has a male adapter. Can i plug these two together?? Will it cause any problems??

and is there anyway of getting more cables or adapters into the power supply. Also what brand of PSU would one recommend.

Hope to have the replies coming in..

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Tyger

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Yes, they make little splitters that turn one plug into two. You may also be able to plug fans into the motherboard, with a different type of connector, freeing up some plugs.
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Antec Fans usually have a "pass thru" connector so you effectivly are not using the last connector available.

Be careful of adding to the motherboard . . theses are usually temp/speed control and usually is limited to 3 fans (these are used to
keep noise down - allowing to run just fast enough)

Also Antecs enclosers & PS cables have "fan only" connectors - again
thses may be limited to 3 fans

also do not compromise your air flow .... usually keep a positive flow by
pulling air into from the front and flowing to rear & exhausing out at rear.

Be aware of flow direction.

You can "Google" - "PC Cooling fans" & obtain good info!!! on fan types
air flow - cooling tips -

Biggest & best thing you can do for PC is to make it dust free inside . .
keeping heat sink fins from clogging up & permitting air to flow thru

It is important to exhaust the hot air .. & leave breathing room for PC

As far as your power supply. . . . .tough question to answer without more facts..

350 watts ?? Peak power ... true power . . .

There is not a big price difference in PS . . .but if you are selling a
million computers & if you can save a$ then you can make M$

Your supply may be adequate when purchased, but surely not if you have used all drive slots & PC slots up via expansion. - PC makers are not expecting everyone to expand

add up current specs on all of your devices @all voltages & compare to PS output specs

Just do not expand without considering the added load on present PS

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350 W is plenty for most systems unless you are running a very powerful intel processor have used all the drive space for devices and use all the card slots and are running SLI with 6800Ultras you are fine you just get a splitter.
Although a new PSU isnt expensive 50 quid will get you a decent one that will last you into your next pc if you want it too.

If you are fitting fans to pre provided spaces in your case then dont worry too much about air flow just make sure it can get out as well as get in dont try and set them all to go in.
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