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How hard is it do you think to remove the steel bar from this power supply, http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=120-PG-0650-GR. I don't have extra room in the back of my PC.
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If you open up the power supply, that bar is probably just screwed in from the inside.
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by:rindi
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What do you mean, you don't have room? How will you plug your power cable in? That also needs space, and the bar protects it from being dislogged.

If you want to remove it you'll void warranty of the PSU.

You could saw it off...

Or you can remove the PSU's cover. The bar is normally screwed on from the inside. So once you have the cover off, you should be able to use a screwdriver...

But if you don't want to void warranty you should get another PSU without the bar and use this one on another PC or sell it.
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I like this PSU because it has 10 years warranty on it.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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It's a standard handle but opening up the power supply to take it off will undoubtedly void your warranty.
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by:FeMaster
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I like this PSU because it has 10 years warranty on it.
First, unless you are getting some sort of a special extended warranty, the manufacturer states it's a 5 year warranty...

Second, if you break the seal, you have NO warranty, let alone 5 or 10 years. Like a few others have noted, the power cord itself is going to stick out just as far, if not farther than that bar does.

If you don't have room for the bar, then you don't have room for the power cord. A computer with no power cord is just as good as a computer with no power supply, and with no power supply, you don't have to worry about that bar anymore...

Food for thought...
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It says 10 years parts and labor at Newegg.
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EVGA.com says 5 yrs. Newegg says 10 yrs. hmmm... Don't have time find out who is right. But I am going to get another PSU. I was thinking the Corsair. But there is the HX and AX series. Which one is better? Thx
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Just an FYI, newegg will not warranty that typo and will claim no affiliation for warranty repair on products past 30 days of purchase.
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by:Darr247
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What AX were you considering?
This HX650 looks pretty-good to me.

According to Newegg, the AX650 was discontinued.
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I was trying to see the difference between the AX and the HX series. But could not find much on it. Is the HX newer than the AX?
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by:Darr247
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HX - ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91, up to 85% efficiency
AX - ATX12V v2.31 / EPSV12 v2.92, up to 90% efficiency

It looks like the AX has a higher efficiency rating and is possibly newer... if you can find one.

Newegg and Amazon both say discontinued; MicroCenter has them, but for in-store pickup only. I find them for almost $170 on buy.com http://www.buy.com/prod/221846368.html

At 5% more efficient, you'd have to run it for about 15,000 hours to amortize the higher cost in electricity savings at 12 cents per KWh... longer if you pay less per KWh; shorter if you pay more than 12 cents/KWh.
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by:rindi
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One more thing. If you are going to get another PSU without the bar, you'll still have to position your PC at least 30mm from the wall when it is running. PC's (and the PSU) have cooling vents at the back. If you block them or there are obstacles too close, air-flow for cooling will be diminished, and that can cause the PC's components to overheat, and might even cause fire.

So the question of "space" really is only important for when you store the PC away unused, or maybe when it is in a box for carrying around. Otherwise it really has a sensible function.
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