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[Sleeve Log] Operation Quattro

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Operation QuaTTro
Sub-Project of Intel Build 'CMC-850'

PURPOSE
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'.

TOOLS
  • ATX Pin Remover
  • Wire Cutters
  • Mini Pliers
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
  • Trusty Lighter
  • Patience..... ....... ..

MATERIALS
  1. Antec Quattro 850w PSU
  2. 30m Black Paracord
  3. 30m Yellow Paracord
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Black Zipties - Small
  6. 2L Coke biggrin.gif

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:
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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...thinking.gif

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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:
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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:
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After about 3-4 hours of slave laboring over de-sleeving the cables and no injuries, This is what I was left with:
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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.

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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!!! mad.gif

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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)
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As you can see, a slight bulge in the side... but it still fits tongue.gif
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24 Pin
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8 Pin
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Other Cables
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CONCLUSION
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 doh.gif. 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.

LESSONS LEARNTteaching.gif
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 thumb.gif
Edited by TheOx - 1/31/12 at 5:58am
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That looks really nice... I've always liked the look of heatshrink-less sleeving! Well done thumb.gif

I see you're Aussie too, tops! cheers.gif
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Ol' Sandy
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Elite Preview
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1230v3 Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK MSI Gaming GTX 980 Kingston 32GB (4x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor PX-256M5S 256GB Samsung EVO 1TB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 Hitachi HUA722010CLA330 WDC WD10EARS-00Z5B1 TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Phanteks PH-TC14PE with TY-140's Lamptron FCv5 (x2) Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Dell U2412M 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Dell U2412M Dell U2212HM Dell U2713HM Topre Realforce 87UB | Ducky DK9087 G2 Pro 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX-750 Corsair Obsidian 650D Logitech G700 XTRAC Ripper XXL 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 250ohm Schiit Bifrost DAC Schiit Asgard 2 HiVi Swan M50W 2.1 
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Intel Xeon E5-2620 Super Micro X9SRL-F-B 128GB 1333MHz LSI 9271-8i 
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