Thanks for all the positive feedback guys! I've been gone for a few weeks, but I'm back and ready to mod!
My fingers are almost completely healed now, so I'm gearing up for some more hardware mods!
I bought some old russian panel mount indicator lamps for various uses
Sadly I just can't find any e10 incandescent bulbs that are of the right voltage and amperage to use instead of the LED lights I want to replace. So, I bought these. I plan to either use them as they are or modify them with the correct led light that I need.
I finally got my 680 GTX in! (Also I got the back plate, because its awesome.)
I started doing the last bit of electrical work and finally got to my favorite part. CABLE SLEEVING! I love cable sleeving, but I'm not the best at it. I decided at the outset of this mod that I will not accept just "OK" it has to be AWESOME!Full disclosure
. I'm using Bitfenix Alchemy Multisleeved cables as a starting point. I am not making the connection end of the cable, only the PSU side. Why? Four reasons.1.
The sleeving on the bitfenix cables is amazing. Easily the one of best I've seen. It's basically paracord, but it's a VERY tight weave and it's the perfect size for 18 gauge wire. (not baggy like paracord type 3) It feels great. Very soft texture. I love the stuff. I'm sure there is better (maybe from MDPC) but this stuff is probably not far behind. And lets be honest here, if it can meet my lofty (some would say ridiculous) expectations, then it must be good! 2.
The connector ends are pre-made to machine perfection. This makes it very easy to cut the cable to the exact length you need. Also no heat shrink! I want my wires to look like that IS
how they come from the factory!3.
They are a pretty good value when you consider the price of sleeving, wire, connector pins and the connector ends plus the time for you to do that half of the cable. Also I consider myself a convenience enthusiast.4.
I like the end result more then the process. Don't get me wrong. There's nothing I'd rather do on a friday night then watch old movies and sleeve cables, but I just don't have as much free time as I used to. Even still, I spent last Friday night working on wires and watching old movies...
This time I started with the 24pin despite the fact that it was easily the hardest cable to do. The PSU I chose (Seasonic X650) has a two stage 24pin connector (it's broken into two parts) and the stages are different heights, also the layout is not standard either. Additionally the cable has to do a turn, a backflip and it's a very short cable (~8 inches) as well (with no room for error). This makes for a seriously hard wiring job, but I like a challenge!
On my first try I attempted to measure the turns and cut the cable outside the case. This ended in tragedy. It was so bad that I will not post a picture of it. Outside the case it looked fine, but all the twists and bends and the dual stage connector made for a pitiful wiring job when it was connected. I am quite embarrassed actually. I decided then that perhaps I will cut my teeth on an easier cable. The PCI-e power cables.
This time I made the cable inside
the case. This worked perfectly! Now I have a process that works for these very short bendy cables. (you can almost see the fail cable at the top there.
I also made the 8pin CPU power cable. This one I made outside the case because it only had one bend and its end point is actually underneath the PSU. Also it's the longest cable in the computer, so there was a MUCH greater room for minor errors to work out over the length of the cable. (not that there were any errors mind you.) NO COMPROMISE!
After completely ruining the 24Pin cable, I decided I need to order a new one and start over with the new process. So now I wait for that. I have to finish cabling before I can start the hardware mods again. Don't want aluminum shavings messing anything up!