Originally Posted by Dissentience
I'm not too worried about it, my case doesn't have a side panel window so you can't see what is inside, and airflow isn't a huge deal now that I've gone H2O. If my PSU dies then I will go modular, but I see no need to waste money on one right now.
For me it's more about maintenance and reconfiguration than airflow or looks. Excess wires hanging around everywhere get in the way whenever I decide to move components around.
For the longest time my old PC
had an Antec TrueBlue 480. It was a decent PSU while it lasted, but it was not modular, and most of the wires were way too long for my mid-tower case (Lian Li PC-65B). I ended up tying up all of the extra slack up in the top of the case. This almost completely blocked the top case fan. It also made it difficult anytime I wanted to shift drives around. I would have to lay the case on its side so that I could reach up there to undo some of the wire ties.
Long story short, the Antec started dying slowly over the past year (cold boot problems). I replaced it with a Cooler Master Silent Pro 700. It's not fully modular, but it helps keep my wire clutter down. It also has more SATA power connectors than the Antec; molex-SATA adapters no longer needed.
That old P4 still hums and whirs along as my home server. I need to upgrade it to a full tower case, though. A mid-tower gets really cramped with a lot of HDDs.