Noob DIY Upgrade Questions
Okay, not totally a noob but not too saavy on H/W.
I have a Dell Studio XPS 9100. Last year I added a solid state boot drive and an extra storage drive with the help of the good people on this forum. I now want to add another storage drive and another optical drive and some more RAM. I have enough SATA ports and bays to add the drives but need an extra SATA power connector. Looking at cables on the internet confused me quite a bit. Is it better to use an extender that plugs into an existing SATA power connector and adds a couple more or should I get an adapter cable that plugs into one of the available four pin connectors and ends in a SATA power connector? Or does it not matter at all?
Right now I have 3 RAM bays of 2 each slots with 2 GB memory chips in each. I only want to add 4 GB of RAM. The proper terminology for the current config is 6 DIMMS Tri Channel SDRAM 1333mhz. I have 12 GB of RAM currently and all of the slots are filled. I assume they would have to be changed out in pairs. Is that correct?
Probably the most important question of all is when do I have to start worrying about my power supply. It's 525 watts. I have a NVIDIA GeForce 310 video card which I don't plan on upgrading probably ever. The 2 optical drives would be used infrequently. I would end up with an ssd and 3 hhd with my planned upgrade.
Sorry for my awkward use of terminology. If more info is needed, please ask.
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