Ultra X3 1000 Watt Modular Power Supplyccokeman - June 25, 2007
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Whether you are installing a power supply as a replacement or on a new build, the process is pretty much the same. In this case, I will be using this power supply as a replacement for my existing one. The first thing you will need to do on a replacement is to power down your computer and disconnect the main power cord that comes from the wall. Remove the case side panels to get access into your case and disconnect all of your current power connections. Once that is accomplished, you can safely remove the current power supply by removing the four mounting screws and pulling out the power supply and the bundle of snakes (wires) that will follow it out of the case. Now we can install this new beast of a power supply. With this being a modular power supply you mount the power supply into your case with the four provided screws and start attaching only the cables you need for your system. Tidy up your wiring, reassemble your case, plug it in the wall, and you are ready to go.
To install the connectors into the power supply, you push in until you hear the connector lock into place. No fuss, no muss. One issue that I ran into was that the top exhaust fan in my case now interfered with the connections on the power supply. This was solved temporarily with the removal of the fan, but something you'll want to consider before cutting the hole for a new fan, or when fitting this power supply into your existing build.
Making sure all of the connections are made can be a little time consuming if you have a lot of devices. The upside is you are not fighting that bundle of snakes that constantly gets in your way when using a standard style power supply. This is something I have grown to appreciate in the newer modular power supplies.