Here we have 975.36 meters of stranded wire (300 Volts) in various gauges (18, 20, 22, 26) and colours (Black, Red, Grey, White). I'm a perfectionist when it comes to most things so I didn't want to spend $600+ on sleeve, pins, connectors and all the rest, only to have the PSU wires bleed through the sleeve and look mediocre. Hopefully by having all this wire I can minimise the cable clutter by re-creating all the PSU cables to the exact length needed.I've begun disassembling one of my Zalman ZM-SF3 fans so I can rewire it, but I haven't figure out how to remove the circuit board (without damaging it)! Any suggestions?
Here's the result after trying to remove the circuit board. For those thinking of doing the same thing to these fans, don't bother! The fan mechanics and circuit board is stuck to the centre shaft using really, really strong glue.Time to buy some different fans
. I've ordered 1 x NZXT FN-200 fan for the front of the case as well as 8 x NZXT FN-120 fans. 2 will be mounted to the H80 CPU Cooler, 2 will be mounted at the top of the case and the other 4 may or may not be used on the side panel.
Here's my first attempt at cable sleeving. Encase your wondering, the sata sleeve used is color-x from mdpc
While I was on a roll, I removed the USB 2.0 ports from the plastic housing and unpinned each of the connectors. They're now ready to be sleeved.
Here's what the cables look like after sleeving them.
The power cable for the front IO Panel has been shortened (by 300mm) and sleeved.
This is 1 of 8 fans to be re-wired. The third wire (Tachometric Signal) has been removed because this fan will connect directly to the fan controller. See the picture below.
Fan converted from a 3 pin to 2 pin.
Here's the GPU 8 pin connector partially sleeved. I've seen a few different techniques for sleeving these connectors. Some use allot of heat shrink which I think looks crap, others use 15mm lengths of precut heat shrink, with 5mm-7mm inserted into the connector and the remaining outside, this looks pretty nice. I've tried hiding the heat shrink completely which I think looks even cleaner, but I'm now facing a problem.
Above is a wiring diagram (which is colour coded) for the Corsair AX1200 power supply, PCI-E connector. As you can see, Corsair does things a little differently, pin 8 (PSU) holds two wires which splits to pin 4 and 8 (PCI-E), this makes it difficult to sleeve using the same technique as the other wires, because crimping 2 wires together, sleeving both, plus adding heat shrink would make it impossible to fit into a single hole.Can anyone offer some advice (or pictures) on how to best sleeve these cables.
After some suggestions from Warsmith
I decided splicing two wires together creating a Y
connection would be the cleanest option. I used the Tap Soldering technique found here
.I haven't taken pictures of the entire process, just some finish shots. If this is something that you guys would be interested in seeing done, let me know before I sleeve the other 3 PCI-E cables.
While I'm waiting for my second GPU and SSD, I put together "The beginners guide
" which shows how I sleeved these PCI-E cables, step by step. If your just starting out or considering sleeving your PSU for the first time, this guide may help.Edited by ontic - 12/27/11 at 12:31am