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post #1 of 7
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I was wondering, if I cut the wires (not the MB POWER!), to say an inch or two and rewired them with as a female pin molex and then rewired the end of the severed wires with a male pin molex... would it essentially be the same setup as all these "modular" plugin PSUs?

I don't use all the cables coming out of my PSU and I'm tired of stuffing them places, so why not just remove them, but still have them easily reattachable? (I only thought about this after chopping and capping off the wires on my slave PSU, doh, lol)

At first I figured this would only really work for the 4 pin molex connectors, but why not the 4pin ATX and 6 pin PCI? Just make sure to use a different color molex casing for the ATX wire casing on each side, and for the 6 pin just use two molex bound together, for each side, running 3 connectors through each.

Can anyone point out any major problems associated with doing this assuming care is taken to make sure all the wires matchup correctly?

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I've got an old 250watt PSU sitting under my desk. Since I'm into electronics, I'll give it a try as well.

The hard part is that those connectors are hard to find.
    
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Ok, I just finished makeing one cable. I tore a power connector off a dead hard drive and soldered it to a floppy/hard drive cord I took off an ancient AT supply.

    
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Hmm, Starting to get the idea?
    
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So far, this is what I've did

It is possible if you have good electronics and soldering skills. Be careful pokeing around inside the power supply though, those big capicators can give you a nasty shock if they still have a charge in them.

Edit: The connectors are usually hard to find but I have located some
http://www.directron.com/passthru.html

Get about 5 or 6 of these and some wire to hook them to your PSU outputs
Hopefully, you should be able to fit the end those X-connect cables into it
http://www.ultraproducts.com/category.php?cPath=12

You can run you hacked off wires through where they normally come out or drill extra holes in the power supply case to pass them through. I ran mine through the vent holes but if you do that, make sure you put some duct tape or heat shrink tubing on the wires where they pass through so they don't rub against the bare metal and get cut or shorted.

The only problem I had was soldering the connectors to the board inside. I cut some of the wires too short and had a tough time connecting them. The other problem was that the output rails on the board had a limited number of holes for me to add the extra wires and I had to twist two wires together into one hole. This is with an old 250 watt but I'm sure if your's has more wattage, it should more wires comming out and you can use the extra spots once you remove them.

    
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post #6 of 7
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Wow, you took iniative there. I hadn't actually thought about threading the connectors through the vents, I just meant leaving them as they are but with only a an inch or two length. It's interesting that they seem to fit though, I'm gona have to play around with my junk psu once my molex connectors and pins arrive.

I, myself, ordered additional Molex connectors and pins from http://www.frozencpu.com. You can get color male/female molex connectors for $0.55 each and and corresponding male/female gold plated pins at $0.40 per set of 4, works out to $0.95 each instead directron's $2.99. The generic white plastic molex connectors are only $0.50 each, and the normal male/female pins are only $0.20 each but the normal pins are out of stock, or will be soon, because I just ordered them all, haha.
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Thanks

Yeah, I thought those connectors were usually hard to find. I know about Frozencpu but never really checked that section out.

After my own mod, I looked at a picture of the Ultra X-Connect power supply and noticed that the 4 pin connectors on that and most other brands of modular PSUs were male, not female as I thought. http://www.frozencpu.com/images/prod...res/psu-94.jpg So my mod is kinda backwards. If I had built it with the connectors the other way around, I could use the cables for most brands of modular power supply.

This power right model http://www.frozencpu.com/psu-52.html and this kit http://www.frozencpu.com/psu-111.html is closer to what I first had in mind and how I arranged my connectors.
    
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