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 Post subject: Power supply for six drive system?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:05 pm 
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I'm looking at putting together a server as follows:

Fractal Design Node 304 chassis
H67 miniITX motherboard
Intel Core i3-3220 (Ivy Bridge, 55W)
8 GB DDR3
64 GB SSD
5 x 3.5" HDD (2 & 3 TB)

Is there a picoPSU that could power this? If not, what would be a minimal, but safely sized ATX PSU?

Maybe I should add: As a media server, there would seldom be more than one or two HDDs spinning. However, I don't believe I'll have any means of staggering drive spin up when powering up the system.

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 Post subject: Re: Power supply for six drive system?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:48 pm 
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I think pretty much any system deserves something like the Seasonic G-360 or better as long as it fits, as it does here. Check around for prices and see if it's not too expensive for what you had in mind.

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 Post subject: Re: Power supply for six drive system?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:02 pm 
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I've tried adding drives to my file server; five drives work, six does not. So a picoPSU could work but I wouldn't recommend it with that many HDDs.

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