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Fully Modular vs Semi Modular

HitMeUp
  • 28 months ago

Hey. I am currently building my own computer, quite good one. I intend to use it mainly for playing, sometimes rendering and less frequently for streaming. I don't know the difference between the Fully Modular, and the Semi modular one. Can somebody specify those two options? The build, Cheers!: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $255.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $61.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - Z370-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $117.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $219.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $118.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $71.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Palit - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Super JetStream Video Card -
Case NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $106.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home Full 32/64-bit $119.99 @ B&H
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $18.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan be quiet! - SilentWings 3 PWM 50.5 CFM 120mm Fan $18.49 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor BenQ - XL2411 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $249.00 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1439.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-08 13:06 EST-0500

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 14 points

Fully modular means all of the cables connecting the PSU to system components are removable; you only need to install the cables that you need.

Semi-modular means only some of the cables are removable.

However the non-removable cables on semi-modular units are usually for the motherboard and CPU, which you'll use in 99% of builds anyways. So fully modular units don't actually offer that much over semi-modular units.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

this. +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

That was easily explained, haha!

Cheers!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

So fully modular units don't actually offer that much over semi-modular units.

Unless you plan on upgrading to specific color cables in the future. Although this is a niche situation.

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, that's their main advantage.

But when a person is asking what the difference between fully and semi is, they probably aren't at a stage to consider custom cables.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

True.

  • 28 months ago
  • 5 points

Fully Modular: The fully modular power supply is great if you will be getting custom cables (typically colored braided cables). It will remove the cluster of cables in the case. A fully modular PSU will also make it VERY easy to take out the PSU without removing all of the cables connected to components. So say if you need to send the PSU to the manufacturer or want to upgrade it you wont have to undo all of that cable routing.

Semi Modular: Personally this is what I usually go with. It supplies you with all of the necessary cables for the motherboard and they are non-removable. It only leaves the optional cables modular so you have less clutter and only have what you need. But if you need to move the PSU you are screwed. If someone has the extra money to buy custom cables they will probably just go with a fully modular PSU.

Hope this helps!

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 man

Cheers!

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  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

this for sure!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't mix cables at all, even with the same brand you can easily up frying your build. You should only do if you are 100% sure they have the same pin out.

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