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Are Modular Power Supplies Worth It?


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#1 megalo

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 08:44 PM

Well, I've encountered very few modular power supplies so I don't really know what to think of them. What I'm trying to ask is how do modular power supplies compare against regular power supplies, a compare-contrast sort of thing. And on a different note have you ever seen these ,Colored cable sleeving, or have you ever installed them before, because I'm wondering if it would be a wise decision to use these if I'm having cable issues in my pc.

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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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Posted 28 March 2006 - 01:23 PM

Thanks for the help, but i could not find a price for the series connect psu in your link. Do you know how much it is and where i could buy it?

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 03:57 PM

Well I'm in Australia, so I'm not too sure about whether they do international sales. But you can get one here: (in AUS $)

...for $AUD209 at www.auspcmarket.com.au [go to power supplies>500W to 650W>Flexiglow 500W Power Supply]

...but these guys definitely do for $AUD219:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/product.asp?at=51&prodid=52601

Alternatively, you can go to one of those shopping search engines (like shopping.com) and put in the product code or name to see if you can find it in the USA....Hope that helps!
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 04:10 PM

One of the complaints I've heard about modular power supplies is that you wind up with too many of one kind of adapter and too few of another.




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