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Is a modular PSU worth the money?

I really hate clutter and I am particularly anal about neat cables, but more than that I am wondering if being able to remove the excess cables really increases airflow inside the case.

Can anyone with more experience than me shed some light?

Thanks
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  1. It's personal preference as much as anything else. If you're good at hiding cables, then there will be minimal reductions in airflow. Airflow is more affected by number of fans, fan placement and rated airflow of the fans.
  2. Rugger said:
    It's personal preference as much as anything else. If you're good at hiding cables, then there will be minimal reductions in airflow. Airflow is more affected by number of fans, fan placement and rated airflow of the fans.


    +1

    Personal preference, and depending on the case you can save a few C's off the temp inside due to increased airflow with the smaller number of cables.
  3. I think I'm pretty handy with some twisty ties, so I'll save the money and go with non modular. I'm actually more afraid that I'll remove some of the cables and then lose them!

    Thanks for the help, guys
  4. No problem. I would save the money too :).
  5. On the other hand...the Seasonic M12II-520 is on a great deal at Newegg right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093&Tpk=m12ii%20520
  6. depending on if you want to show off whats in your case aswell i guess. if you have a window you dont really want people seeing unused cables laying about everywhere and if your planning on sleeving them yourself i think a modular set would be easier. keeping unused cables is easy, just put them back in the box they came in and leave it in a cupboard :)
  7. Rugger said:
    On the other hand...the Seasonic M12II-520 is on a great deal at Newegg right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093&Tpk=m12ii%20520



    Nice.
  8. I don't pay for modular cables to increase air flow because you can almost always use the empty 5.25" drive bays to stuff all the extra cables in, or just stuff them along the bottom behind the HDD bays, the air from the front fans don't usually make it through there anyway.
  9. I use modular because my case is small(FT03). Then again, it was also on sale(and reused from my last system).

    On my SFF(SG05), I removed the unused cable from the inside of the power supply :)
  10. Best answer
    ForYourHealth said:
    Is a modular PSU worth the money?

    Depends on what you're looking for and how you shop
    Not to often that you'll find modular and non modular versions of the same powersupply, here's a couple , using current Newegg pricing
    The M12II rugger posted is $60 + $10 shipping
    It's non-modular counterpart, the S12II, is $70 + $6 shipping
    Yep, modular is worth it

    The Rosewill Capstone 450 is $65 + $6
    It's counterpart the 450M is $80 shipped free, but there's currently a 15% promo code
    Yep, modular is worth it

    Here's a couple of quality equivalent examples from different manufacturers
    Corsair CX600 currently $70 + $2 shipping / $10 rebate
    OCZ MXSP 600 $75 / free shipping / $10 promo code / $25 rebate
    Do I need to say it again ?
  11. Best answer selected by ForYourHealth.
  12. Looks like I'll just have to shop better! If I find a good deal, I definitely think it'd be worth it.
  13. I think it's worth it if the price difference isn't too big because it really helps with cable management.
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