based on a suggestion of a 650W power supply for the build I have been considering I put together a list of nice looking PSU on newegg, then when I went to look them up in the ranked list I couldn't find most of them. The ones in particular that I am wondering about are as follows:
I'm not quite ready to make the purchase yet so specials going on right at this moment - given its december and specials change daily - aren't going to help me much. What I'm really aiming to find out is, is there any reason to spend more on one of these units than another, or will I (as a casual gamer and mostly netsurfer) be pretty much satisfied with which ever one I can get the best deal on when I am ready to buy it?
technically it maybe doesn't make much difference, but I want at least a hybrid modular unit if not a full modular. I know this is more expensive. I tried to convince myself it wasnt worth it... haven't had much luck with that yet
Seasonic first, Corsair second (the HX, in addition to being modular, is a newer design than the TX), Antec very, very close third. ThermalTake not at all. XFX not in my list because I have no direct experience with the brand.
None of my PSU's (4 Corsairs and 2 Antecs) are modular. I have no problem with tucking the unused cables out of the way. I'd say that if you expect to have say 3 or 4 or more unused cables, the expense of modular makes sense. For a couple of cables left over, the expense is not worth it.
Nothing wrong with a hybrid modular. Most of them, at the least, have a fixed main power cable and a fixed CPU power cable. You will always need those two cables.