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post #1 of 3 Old 03-01-2013, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I was just wondering if you could make your own set of custom cables from scratch. Not extensions, cables that are the made from the beginning of your PSU port and that end at connector on the component. The reason why I'm asking this is because I'm unsure as to whether connectors that are used, for example these two: http://lutro0-customs.com/products/24-pin-male-connector and http://lutro0-customs.com/products/24-pin-female-connector , can be used to make scratch cables using 18 AWG, sleeving, crimps and patience. Just to make clear. I'm not talking about extensions, I'm talking about actual cables that start from the PSU and end at the components, for example the corsair sleeved kits. Also, are PSU ports universal? As long as i have the appropriate connector, can it be used in any PSU. Do manufacturers have their own pins that connect to their own cables?

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Yes, you can make up your own cables from scratch for a fully modular PSU. However the cables use the Molex female ATX pins at both the PSU and Motherboard end so you will either have to reuse the existing housings or buy replacements.

Although many PSU housings are universal in that they're used by different manufacturers they are very often connected in a different way by each manufacturer. You shouldn't try plugging cables from one PSU into another even from the same manufacturer without carefully checking with a multi-meter or PSU Tester as there's a risk of damaging or destroying components.

The first housing you linked to is used in extension cables but the second one is used for the motherboard connection.
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What BE said.
Every cable on my rig was made by me from scratch, with the exception of the SATA data cables. In this case I bought most of the connectors so I could keep the original cables intact. Actually it's easier for me this way as I didn't have to depin all the connector housings.

If you do this then make a diagram of your cable housings that you can understand to refer back to when you start sticking the cables back in the housings, or keep the original cables close at hand so you can trace out how they are routed.

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