Originally Posted by larymoencurly
So where are the independent units in what's typically sold as a "modular" PC PSU, that is, the units that aren't trivial and of the greatest obsession of modders?
Most modders/decorators have spent more effort (as opposed to money) on decorating than on overclocking.
Any desktop keyboard can be turned into a Dvorak, and some of those IBM 101-key model Ms had pop-off caps that made the change easier than usual.
Parts OR independent. It can be one or the other.
The term is correct, these power supplies are technically modular. If you really think most modders/decorators spent more effort on appearance than overclocking, you would be right. Because overclocking is trivially easy by comparison. So I fail to see your point.
I myself am running my 3770k at 4.5ghz, its rock solid and runs cool. I can run it faster, yes. But I don't want to switch to water cooling. I cannot however OC my Titan, because my PSU is nearly 6 years old and has trouble maintaining 12v on that rail. I need a new one, and for the time being (due to some significant medical issues) money is tight. It will be a few months before I have the cash to replace the power supply and buy my second GPU.
And over the winter, I intend to build a new case as well, custom built from the ground up, and a matching desk to put it on.
To just dismiss everyone else's hobby because you think it is stupid is dumb. We are primarily running gaming and desktop rigs that actually sit out where they can be seen. Many of us run these things in full view of company, and we put a lot of effort and pride into our builds. Once the overclocking and stability testing and everything is done, do you expect everyone to just put it in a closet or server rack and never look at it again?
No way. These things are conversation pieces, and functional art.