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post #21 of 31
Unless your system has a super high power draw, I wouldn't worry with even cheap cables.

Of course you can always "upgrade" your power cable. Monoprice has 14AWG power cables from 1' to 25' from under $1 to under $10.

Then of course you can get "audiophile quality" power cables. And if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it. rolleyes.gifHere's an example.
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As a rule of thumb, thicker is better.

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It doesn't matter.

10A at 120VAC is ~1200W. You will never pull anywhere near that much power.
What are you saying here? Is an 18AWG cable enough for his PSU? I have the Antec Neo Eco 520W and I was told to get a 16AWG.
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post #23 of 31
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What are you saying here? Is an 18AWG cable enough for his PSU? I have the Antec Neo Eco 520W and I was told to get a 16AWG.
Yeah, an 18AWG/10A wire is enough unless your rig draws something absurd like 1500w.
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post #24 of 31
Though thicker cable does mean less resistance, which means less voltage drop on the way to the PSU.
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What are you saying here? Is an 18AWG cable enough for his PSU? I have the Antec Neo Eco 520W and I was told to get a 16AWG.
IIRC, a 16ga was recommended due to how little price difference there is. I don't recall stating it was an absolute necessity for your psu.
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post #26 of 31
wanna see some expensive power cords?

http://www.audiogon.com/cgia/fsb.pl?powrcabl&1&ctg&st1

for a computer, it doesnt matter at all, for hifi audio, it still barely matters, but honestly ive heard differences between a shunyata power cable and a monoprice one, placebo or not, take it for what it's worth, just my 2c
post #27 of 31
I dont understand why some of you say its better to get a thicker one.

As long as the Wires inside the cord are >= the thickness of the cords in the wall, it doesnt matter. It can even be a bit smaller than the wires in the wall, since when they are in the wall they have even more resistance.
post #28 of 31
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I dont understand why some of you say its better to get a thicker one.

As long as the Wires inside the cord are >= the thickness of the cords in the wall, it doesnt matter. It can even be a bit smaller than the wires in the wall, since when they are in the wall they have even more resistance.
If one is going to buy a new power cord and the difference in price between an 18ga wire cable and the 16 or 14ga wired cable that can handle more current and has lower resistance is less than a dollar if makes more sense to get the better cable. The added resistance creates heat and wastes electricity. And the wires in the wall have very little resistance for the very reason that they are such a large gauge.

Part of it might be growing up with a father who was an assistant fire chief and witnessing first hand more than my share of electrical fires from the use of undersized power cables and extension cords. But I don't see why anyone who spends the kind of money they do on a computer would find that spending an extra dollar to get a better power cord is extravagant. To me it makes as much, if not more sense than spending an extra $20 for a good quality PSU instead of a cheap piece of junk PSU.
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IIRC, a 16ga was recommended due to how little price difference there is. I don't recall stating it was an absolute necessity for your psu.
You are right I don't recall you ever saying that either. It's just that I have a few 18Awg cables laying around and wanted to make sure I can use those instead of spending close to $10, after shipping, for a cable from monoprice.
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I originally had an 18ga wire cord on my sig rig, then swapped it out for a 16ga. Neither got hot, but the 18ga cord was noticeably warmer to the touch under full load than the 16ga is. It's possible that the outer sheathing of the 16ga is thicker as well, but I can't be sure about that. I do know that if given the option I'll go with a 16or 14ga anyday over an 18ga even when the 18ga is well within spec since my 2 main rigs run at 100% load 24/7/365. Having 20 psu cords makes it easier to do that with admittedly than someone who only has the one cord, but that's just me.

But one really does need to check though. I have a couple of power cables that only have 22ga wire in them meant for low powered laptop bricks and monitors, but they have the exact same female connector as a PSU power cable does so they can be plugged into a desktop psu. Plug one of those into a current desktop and you'll definitely cause problems.
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