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Type of wire for custom PSU cables

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I'm in a situation where I need to make my own custom PSU wires that are a specific length, but what kind of wire would be best for this? I don't really want to cheap out either, but I don't have unlimited funds.

Prefferably all black wire, maybe few other colors mixed in to keep the 24 pin from getting confusing haha.

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iirc, the ones that come with the psu are 18ga. the last time i did a cable job, i went to an ace hardware and got a couple rolls.
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Cables made specifically for power are usually not very bend happy. I'd personally (though, not recommend unless someone says otherwise) use speaker wire.

Make sure it doesn't say "In-Wall" cable, pretty much.
    
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For a remote power supply rig Performance PC's made me a 5ft 24-pin (not individualy sleeved) using what appears like 16ga stranded (all wires black) for 75.00.Making custom cables is a labor intensive job, I priced out doing it all myself (even placing a dollar value on my time) and it was not too far out of reason.Crimpers,pins,wire,sleeving,connectors,time.Now that I have some time I am working up to using aircraft cannon plugs instead of the plastic connectors that are more common,simply something different.Wire type should match the tool you make your crimps with (meaning not all 16ga wire has the same insulation thickness) but the tool can be adjusted to the wire you purchase.

EDIT: Just took a look at my cable and it certainly could be 18ga stranded.Let me find a magnafying glass as there is something written on the insulation.It would be 18ga with thick insulation if it turned out to be 18ga.
Edited by PCCstudent - 3/26/12 at 1:14pm
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So 18ga is definately okay?
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post #6 of 9
The cables that came with my AX850 are a mix of 20 AWG and 18 AWG.

I'd imagine 16 or 18 AWG would be just fine for a PSU.
Edited by audioxbliss - 3/26/12 at 1:24pm
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post #8 of 9
18awg bro, just did my custom cables last month,
post #9 of 9
18 AWG stranded wire.
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