Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:21 PM
The main difference (and I hop I'm answering your question) is that the cabling for modular PSU's can take up less room, because you only use what you need, and as such will allow better airflow. And, usually as a bonus, they look awesome, like this one ..http://www.flexiglow.com/products/SeriesConnect.htm...
On the down side, they may tend to take up a little more room (even thought the air flow will still be better) as they are unable to be bent quite as freely as standard PSU cables. If I could afford the Series Connect I would get it in a second....
Regarding cable sleeving, to install them they require that the molex plug head be removed, and you would need a tool for both the male and female versions to get it off (and put it back together). Then, depending on the sleeve design, it may require to be heat shrunk for a snug fit. With IDE ribbons, I'm not too sure, but chances are you will need to cut the ribbon (in between the wires) to fit it into the sleeve. You would probably be better off (to save the hassle) just buying premade round IDE cables (from $20 up to $50 in Australia) and you can get neon lit (will have a power plug as well) plain, or UV reactive.
Hope that helps....
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