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Windows 7: Power Supply Question

26 May 2014   #41
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Once you go modular you won't go back to a normal power supply.

Modular power supplies are addictive like SSD's.


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26 May 2014   #42
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm starting to use modular for the first time. In my present rig, I used a semi-modular Corsair PSU (HX750W). Only the 24 pin and the CPU power cables were hardwired in. The only advantages a fully modular PSU would have over a semi-modular PSU is you won't have to unsnake the 24 pin and CPU power cables should you ever have to replace the PSU under warranty and, if you want to custom sleeve all the cables (or, if insane like I am, custom make them), it's a lot easier. Also, according to Corsair, you will void the warranty if you don't use stock cables unmodified (legally, they have to prove the modifications are what caused the PSU to fail) but, in real life, you only return the PSU, not the cables, for warranty purposes so a fully modular PSU has more options for modification. Corsair also sells custom sleeved cables for some of its PSUs.

I just did some checking and the CX600 is non-modular. All the cables are hardwired to the PSU which can be a nightmare for installation, let alone cable management. The CX600M is semi-modular, is a bit cheaper (at NewEgg, anyway), will be much easier to install, and gets the same user review rating as the CX600, which is four out of five eggs. I would definitely choose the CX600M over the CX600 since it has far more flexibility than the CX600. Methinks you would be much happier with it.
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26 May 2014   #43
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I'm starting to use modular for the first time. In my present rig, I used a semi-modular Corsair PSU (HX750W). Only the 24 pin and the CPU power cables were hardwired in. The only advantages a fully modular PSU would have over a semi-modular PSU is you won't have to unsnake the 24 pin and CPU power cables should you ever have to replace the PSU under warranty and, if you want to custom sleeve all the cables (or, if insane like I am, custom make them), it's a lot easier. Also, according to Corsair, you will void the warranty if you don't use stock cables unmodified (legally, they have to prove the modifications are what caused the PSU to fail) but, in real life, you only return the PSU, not the cables, for warranty purposes so a fully modular PSU has more options for modification. Corsair also sells custom sleeved cables for some of its PSUs.

I just did some checking and the CX600 is non-modular. All the cables are hardwired to the PSU which can be a nightmare for installation, let alone cable management. The CX600M is semi-modular, is a bit cheaper (at NewEgg, anyway), will be much easier to install, and gets the same user review rating as the CX600, which is four out of five eggs. I would definitely choose the CX600M over the CX600 since it has far more flexibility than the CX600. Methinks you would be much happier with it.


Could not have said it better myself.
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26 May 2014   #44
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Yes, I was referring to the CX600M. I was looking in my case and it looks like only the 24 pin and 4 pin cables are all that attach to the Motherboard. Then you have the power cords for the drives. That seems easy enough. I think I will try the install myself. There are a lot of wires, but most are not used. I will give it a try it this weekend. I will probably be offline for a couple of months. No, I will get the baby going. I really do appreciate all of your help.
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26 May 2014   #45
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I'm starting to use modular for the first time. In my present rig, I used a semi-modular Corsair PSU (HX750W). Only the 24 pin and the CPU power cables were hardwired in. The only advantages a fully modular PSU would have over a semi-modular PSU is you won't have to unsnake the 24 pin and CPU power cables should you ever have to replace the PSU under warranty and, if you want to custom sleeve all the cables (or, if insane like I am, custom make them), it's a lot easier. Also, according to Corsair, you will void the warranty if you don't use stock cables unmodified (legally, they have to prove the modifications are what caused the PSU to fail) but, in real life, you only return the PSU, not the cables, for warranty purposes so a fully modular PSU has more options for modification. Corsair also sells custom sleeved cables for some of its PSUs.

I just did some checking and the CX600 is non-modular. All the cables are hardwired to the PSU which can be a nightmare for installation, let alone cable management. The CX600M is semi-modular, is a bit cheaper (at NewEgg, anyway), will be much easier to install, and gets the same user review rating as the CX600, which is four out of five eggs. I would definitely choose the CX600M over the CX600 since it has far more flexibility than the CX600. Methinks you would be much happier with it.


Could not have said it better myself.
So you're agreeing I'm insane?
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26 May 2014   #46
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

We both are!

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26 May 2014   #47
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Didja get a new PSU Jim?
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26 May 2014   #48
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Didja get a new PSU Jim?
Yes, I just ordered the Corsair CX600M from Newegg. I have checked the dimensions and they fit, so I will have to wait 4 to 7 days for it to arrive. I am going to try the install myself. I feel like an adventure.
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26 May 2014   #49
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good choice. It may seen daunting especially if you have one that's not modular. Each connecter will fit in one place and are probably labeled. You should do well.

Hook it all up first to make sure it all works, then go back for cable management.
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26 May 2014   #50
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

It will be easier than you think. Just take pictures inside your case of all the connections and where they go before you pull the old PSU. When ready to pull the PSU and cables, put your computer where it is easy to ground it (I use an antistatic mat on top of my washing machine and ground it to a water pipe but you don't have to have an antistatic mat; just run a wire from the frame of the case to a ground of some kind). Before touching anything inside the case, touch the case itself to make sure you aren't harboring a fugitive electrostatic charge. Disconnect the old cables and remove the PSU. Put in the new one and connect the new cables. Don't feel you have to use every cable that comes with the PSU but don't be afraid to if you need to. Triple check all your connections against the photos you took. The cables on your new PSU will most likely look a bit different from the ones on the old one but don't let that bother you; it's the connectors on the cables that matter.
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