Sub-Project of Intel Build 'CMC-850'
This Sub-Project is to sleeve my Antec Quattro 850w PSU with Black and yellow paracord to complement the colour scheme of my up coming intel build code word 'CMC-850'.
- ATX Pin Remover
- Wire Cutters
- Mini Pliers
- Craft Knife
- Trusty Lighter
- Patience..... ....... ..
- Antec Quattro 850w PSU
- 30m Black Paracord
- 30m Yellow Paracord
- Masking Tape
- Black Zipties - Small
- 2L Coke
OPERATION IS A GO!
So here we go, this is the power supply and all its cables before I have got my hands on it:
First of all I had to take the top off the power supply off and remove the pre-existing sleeving. This proved to be a mission due to the fact that Antec have injection molded plastic around the cables to hold the sleeving in place instead of using heat shrink as you can see. WHY? god knows...
To remove these I had to slice the plastic down one side with the kraft knife then get the pliers and peel the plastic back from the wires. Whilst doing so I also discovered Antec added a little secret... a metal band inside the plastic. However this was easily bent to remove it.
This is the plastic and wire band split open:
In total I believe I removed 13 of these bad boys, 6 of which being on the SATA power cables. Knew I was going to have fun after seeing this:
After about 3-4 hours of slave laboring over de-sleeving the cables and no injuries, This is what I was left with:
Some 3 days after, my Paracord decided it would arrive and I was happy with what I saw. After trying some MDPC, I prefer the feel and look of the more dense Paracord hence why i opted for it in this build.
APOLOGIES in advance, my camera does not like to focus on what is trying to be captured!!!
Starting on the Modular PCIe 6+2 pin, I discovered that 2 wires came split from the one pin twice on these modular cables making my life hell!!!
So I did what I could so far and proceeded on with sleeving. After roughly 10 cables i knew what I was doing and had the gist of it smashing through the cables.
8 hours later and I have finished the main cables and one modular cable with the SATA and PCIe 6+2 pin to go.
This is how it turned out: (Yes the yellow is VERY reflective)
As you can see, a slight bulge in the side... but it still fits
I am pretty happy with my result seeings it is my first time sleeving anything and not having a clue what to do precisely. The black and yellow do look awesome together despite the not so good quality photos. The ratio for black : Yellow was about 3:1 as I wanted predominantly Black as is the power supply.
Would I ever do this again, most likely NO!!! However I agreed to help my brother sleeve his in Black and Red tomorrow . Sleeving Paracord without heatshrink burns your fingers and is not easy to melt onto a cable. If i was to sleeve again with Paracord I would go pure black due to ease of use with that colour.
To anyone wanting to do shrink-less Paracord Sleeving, I HIGHLY recommend going with a pure black sleeving. Why? Well my black paracord did not melt as easy as the yellow did which allowed me to actually melt the paracord enough to then mould it with my fingers to the pin or cable whereas the yellow would melt almost instantly with the same heat applied. The black paracord would stick to the cables when melted and would hold whereas the yellow would just melt and would not stick what so ever. I guess this would possibly be due to the bleaching and dying of the yellow paracord compared to black.
When doing non-modular cables, I have found it is best to melt to the pin as normal, then to stretch the cord along the cable and attach it with a small zip-tie which held the stretch firmly and looked much neater then burnt paracord.
Hope you enjoyed this Sleeve Log
Edited by TheOx - 1/31/12 at 5:58am