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Bantu
24-11-2007, 02:03 PM
Got a horrible burning smell in my PC. Can't track down exactly where it is coming from, but I am guessing PSU or Graphic Card.

The hottest things to touch is the PSU and Graphic Card although the PSU is really hot after a few minutes on.

All has been sweet until I added another HDD. Number 8.

Thermaltake Armor case, 3 ATA 133 HDD's and 5 SATA drives running off two Sata controllers. All the HDD's are cool, CPU is cool

Grapics card is an ATi All in Wonder 9700 which I have had for years.

PSU is a Thermaltake 480W

Speedy Gonzales
24-11-2007, 02:05 PM
I wouldnt be surprised if its ready to blow up. I would turn it off, if its still on

How many fans in the case?

Whats running off 2 SATA controllers? 5 SATA's?

Bantu
24-11-2007, 02:10 PM
5 Sata's, one empty socket for one more.

Yes it is shut down.

Heaps of fans. 4 x 120cm I think

I suspect it is the PSU, but not exactly sure.

I do a lot of digital Video hence a lot of drive space.

Speedy Gonzales
24-11-2007, 02:11 PM
Hmm so how did you manage to get 5 sata hdd's on 2 sata controllers?

Is the SATA onboard or on a card?

Bantu
24-11-2007, 02:15 PM
Yes a 4 socket Promise card and a 2 socket DSE sata card.

I used to have a Promise ATA133 controller in this box and ran ATA cards, bus slowly switched over to sata. With the ATA133 card plus the motherboard it allowed for 8 Devices.

I currently also got a DVD-DL burner and a CD-Rom also hooked up.

Speedy Gonzales
24-11-2007, 02:17 PM
I would get a bigger PSU if I were you lol

Bantu
24-11-2007, 02:20 PM
LOL Yes I emailed Ascent for recomendations as most of the ones there are for PCI-E boards, mine is a bit old for that yet. Except maybe this one which would cover current and the future
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=361010

I think the case has space for 12 drives from memory.

Speedy Gonzales
24-11-2007, 02:22 PM
Bloody hell man, you could run the house off that lol

Shouldnt matter if its got PCI-E connections. Dont use them

Bantu
24-11-2007, 02:27 PM
LOL Yes that one is a bit OTT. About 750'ish might do me I think.

Bantu
25-11-2007, 08:29 PM
I put a Thermaltake 750W in Speedy. Burning smell all gone, running sweet again.

Pete O'Neil
26-11-2007, 07:48 AM
I would get a bigger PSU if I were you lol
480w is fine for that system, harddrive draw bugger all power. It should only have been replace if it was faulty.

pctek
26-11-2007, 08:30 AM
Thats crazy. Get bigger drives and cut down on the number of them.

And Pete - they'd all be drawing on the 12v - it would suck power. No wonder it stinks.

Agent_24
26-11-2007, 08:59 AM
480w is fine for that system, harddrive draw bugger all power. It should only have been replace if it was faulty.

It would be, IF thermaltake was actually giving you 480watt

B.M.
26-11-2007, 09:08 AM
Havenít you heard of Global Warming? :mad:

Bantu
26-11-2007, 09:11 AM
Thats crazy. Get bigger drives and cut down on the number of them.



They are mainly 250Gb and above. I could change some to 500+Gb I guess, but I might have to put wife out on the streets at night on K-Road to afford that.