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Re: do I need a new power supply
The only thing that may be an issue is peak current during spin-up at boot. If you're using a hardware RAID controller and there's an option for staggered spin-up on the controller or drives, I'd use it.
If it's an option (probably the easiest: Windows on an admin account), consider undervolting the CPU. In my experience, Intel set the default voltage on those Core 2 chips to way higher than what most of them need to run stably. I messed with a C2D E4500 in my work PC, which I believe defaulted to 1.325v. I got it down to 1.1875v (lowest I could select in software). 1w drop at idle, 7.4w at moderate load (Folding@Home), 15w at extreme load (Linpack), not to mention lower temperatures.