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Title says it all really, should I sleeve my PSU?

Basically I would like to know:

1. Is it a fun and rewarding project or a major PITA (I realize this varies from person to person)?

2. Does it make cable routing easier or harder? Basically does the increased flexibility of having all the wire separate overcome the drawback of, well, having all the wires separate?

3. Any potential pitfalls I might encounter? Thinking along the lines of snapped pins, broken connectors etc. Obviously my PSU warranty would be gone.

4. Would it be feasible to do it one cable at a time? i.e. do a couple of PCIe cables one night, the 24pin another night etc and return it to service after each one? I know overall this would be a long winded way to do it but it would probably fit better with my schedule.


It isn't something I have to do, I just like tinkering and fancy giving it a go so long as it isn't a major project (very little of my time is now my own). As such I wouldn't send it off to be done (I know that several people offer very good PSU sleeving services) as I would like to do it myself.

I have some para-cord on the way to sleeve my fans etc so depending on how that goes I will decide if I would use para-cord or standard sleeving.


Thanks in advance for any and all answers, rep for helpful replies as always.
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All of this really depends on the person. Are your hands steady enough to pop out a pin and not smash it with a hammer? Do you like your setup to be aesthetically appealing? For me, I just ordered a TON of sleeving. I LOVE eye candy. If you don't care if you have a rainbow of cables in your case, don't buy it. If you hate it and willing to spend +$50 go for it.
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I'm pretty sure corsair allows Sleeving of the Psu under warranty.
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i would contact corsair on the matter. i dont think itll void the warranty, but it never hurts to ask.
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All of this really depends on the person. Are your hands steady enough to pop out a pin and not smash it with a hammer? Do you like your setup to be aesthetically appealing? For me, I just ordered a TON of sleeving. I LOVE eye candy. If you don't care if you have a rainbow of cables in your case, don't buy it. If you hate it and willing to spend +$50 go for it.
Like I said I am not that bothered either way. It would be nice to have them sleeved but not essential, I am just after my next, hopefully fairly cheap, project.

As far as the actual work goes I am pretty confident I can do it; I used to build airfix models as a kid (and as a slightly older kid too) so the steady hands is not a problem. I have sleeved a few other wires with varying degrees of success so it would be a learning process either way. I have watched some of Lutro's videos so I know now what I was doing wrong.


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I'm pretty sure corsair allows Sleeving of the Psu under warranty.
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Originally Posted by firestorm1 View Post
i would contact corsair on the matter. i dont think itll void the warranty, but it never hurts to ask.
A quick Google search turned up a couple of threads which would indicate that modifying any permanently attached wires voids the warranty, but question asked of Corsair anyway. I will report back with their response for future reference.

I am going to disregard the option of putting the original sleeving back on if there is a problem.

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i just don't think i'll ever have the patience to do it. i'm such a fan of hiding cables that for the couple inches of cable that will likely be seen, it's hardly worth the effort. i've gotten by with extensions, as i don't believe it's cheating. and it's not a necessity to make a great mod by any means, but i see why people do it...so many options. to each their own.
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1. As others have said, if you want a good project then sleeving is a good choice, but be very patient as it can be frustrating at times. Having done it both ways, spend the money on the right tool for the job - pliers and staples will increase your frustration

2. Managing sleeved cables are easy enough. If your wires have a mind of their own and stick out everywhere, the sleeving helps hold it all in but be prepared to use some wire ties in strategic locations. Sleeving also increases the space the wire bundle takes up - so plan any routing holes accordingly

3. Plan on double the pins you think you need. They are cheap, and you'll go through them. Busted pins happen often when removing them from a connector and it's easier to thread a wire without a pin anyway so I often snip the pins and recrimp them all anyway.

4. Doing a cable at a time will work fine. Sleeving is time consuming and it can be tough to have your daily rig down for an extended period. Be sure you have a wiring pinout or make a very clear diagram when you start removing pins so you know how to reassemble.

A note on warranty - If your PSU is modular then don't worry about the warranty. If you have to RMA the PSU, you don't have to return any cables, and are often told NOT to return them.

If your PSU is not modular, then most likely it would void it. It won't void because of removing the stock sleeve, but it will if you open the PSU case. Voiding warranties is the mark of a serious modder though . . . don't be scared!

Good luck
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Thanks for all the advice, that was really helpful. +rep

No word from Corsair on the warranty, although I am pretty sure that it will be gone. I'm not all that worried, new PSUs are not too expensive, it was just another thing to think about.

I am looking forward to playing with some paracord when FTW PC get round to shipping it up here (or the USPS gets round to delivering it).

I'm starting to consider it, I shall see how the fan / sata re-sleeving goes and decide from there.

Thanks again for the help.
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Sleeving your PSU is an art, most people do it for the looks, and still have messy backsides of their PC.

If you have the patience and willingness to look around you can easily find how-tos and tricks/tips to make your sleeving an enjoyable one.

When I started to sleeve it was really fustrating, and now its so enjoyable that I wish I had more things to sleeve/crimp.

You can do it the easy way just sleeve whatever cables that came with your PSU, or turn it into an art where you measure each wire/heatshrink exact cut. solder your pins after crimping.

It takes practice and if you stick with it you'll deff want to sleeve more often in your builds.

For me Ive become a perfectionist when it comes to sleeving that ill use a digital caliper to measure my sleeves after using a dedicated heatshrink cutting board.
That ill only accept 0.099mm of a difference (thats out of 1.000mm!)

Also since you own a Corsair AX you can only sleeve up to the PSU for the main 24pin 8pin etc(that is you cant open up the PSU) its possible with patience to sleeve up to the PSU for a clean look.
That will NOT void your warranty. as for your modular cables since its already off the PSU you can remove pins and etc and still be okay.
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Also if you sleeve you HAVE to remember where each pin goes unless you have basic electrical knowledge then your ok (:
    
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