I've been using the FTW PC crimper version for fan pins. I manage to screw up at least 1 in 3, but that's because I can hardly see the darn things. But I can usually get a good crimp if I use needle nose pliers to fold over the bare wire crimps before sticking in the crimper. The pins I have are those darned "winged" type from the way they are joined on a strip, but I just clip them off with my side cutters. I finally ordered some fan pins from PPCS after seeing Lutro0's link and hope they work better, although I don't have any more to do at this time I like to be prepared. Only problem is there is only a few on a strip from PPCS and I like to have plenty for when I inevitably crimp one wrong and break it.
When I DO get it right with the tool I have it will crimp the entire pin and fold over the insulation perfectly. ATX pins are actually harder for me to crimp and I've had to clip and shorten wires a few times, though it's not really noticeable.
If I ever see a cheap deal on a good crimper though I will get it, I've just put so much into this build that the wife is starting to grumble a bit.
"what did you buy now?" "just some more compression fittings" says me. "for $100? how many did you get?!!" "just a few snakes and triples" says me. lol.
EDIT: I forgot to ask, does someone have a link for the small pins that go in the mobo USB 2.0 plugs? I'm assuming those and the front panel things like HDD led's ect that plug into mobo are the same pins? Or not?
I got some 2, 5, & 10 pin housings from Newark and Mouser with the proper spacing, (thanks to Big Elf's links!) just don't have the pins I need....Edited by mandrix - 7/13/12 at 4:19am