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First time PC build question about PSU connector cables (or A surprising lack of information regarding a surprising lack of cables)

RUNogeydogey
  • 39 months ago

I just got my first power supply. Not going to lie it was very very cheap. I hadn't built a computer before so I didn't even think about the fact that it doesn't have any cables attached to it until I got home with it. Now my power supply, which I'll link at the bottom of the post, says it has modular cables which as far as I can tell means they're replaceable. Are they able to purchased online? Are they able to be purchased in person? Where? And, of course, how can I get some without totally destroying my wallet? Thanks in advance. My power supply is one of these: http://www.silverstonetek.com/legacy.php?pid=188&area=en&model=ST70F&tno=2

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

all cables you need come with the psu you buy. Modular means you just use the cables you need to complete your build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Connectors of power supplies are proprietary. There are no requirements of connector design.
Contact the power supply company for retailers, if any for any of their cables.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I emailed them and they let me know that the ST70F has been discontinued and they "don't have any cables for it" but I think some of their other models may be compatible. Any chance that's true?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Only that company would know for sure.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon sells a short cable set that according to this page on the Silverstone site, is compatible with the SST-ST70F:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=438&area=en

It seems the idea is to reduce cable clutter in small cases that don't need full length cables, but if you're using a midtower or larger case, they may be too short.

Here's the Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technlogy-Flexible-Short-Modular/dp/B00H7Y3I4M

The other cables listed on that page are also compatible, but they're sold individually, and are more expensive cables with individually sleeved wires, but they are full length. As far as I've seen, the prices for the set and even the fancy individual cables are pretty reasonable. Outfits that specialize in cable mods sell full sets for as much as 100+ dollars.

You could buy only the individual cables you need, which would probably still cost more than the short cable set, or you could buy the short cable set and add extensions to any cables that are too short- that is, if any of them are too short- they may not be, depending on the case you're using. With extensions, there's no need to worry about compatibility, because they plug into the end of the cable that would normally be plugged into the motherboard connectors, which are always standard, of course. Silverstone has extensions in black, red, and white:

https://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Sleeved-Extension-Connector-PP07-EPS8B/dp/B00B46XJ3E/ref=pd_sim_147_3?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=6T876D3D0MSBMVQ483DY&th=1

...but since there's no need to consider compatibility, you can get these extensions from Fry's, which cost about half as much:

http://www.frys.com/product/8068164?source=google&gclid=CO_ux-upqdECFQ-1wAodOZkIEg

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks. This is about as far as I've managed to get as well, I really appreciate this. As far as I can tell the power supplies internal cables are compatible across several different Silverstone models so that's the tree I'm barking up right now. Buying them individually is much more than I'd like to spend but I didn't even find that short cable set. I'm running in a mid-tower and I don't think they'll be big enough on their own but combined price of extensions and short is cheaper than buying all new.

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