Originally Posted by mandrix
So you found out that the crimpers the vendors sell is garbage. I did a psu with the Hans Long crimpers and it was a pita, so before the second one I got the MDPC crimper.
I doubt that any other vendors are going to come up with a good crimper for the same price as Nils. It would have to be manufactured, otherwise the only other options are a genuine Molex ratcheting crimper (+$200) or the non-ratcheting version which is much cheaper but would get old quickly if doing a bunch of crimps.
I still use the Hans Long crimper for molex power pins so I don't screw up the dies on my MDPC.
Also make sure you get good mini fit jr pins. The ones most of the vendors sell have short wings where they bite into the insulation. Better to get them from Nils or order them from some place like Newark. There are part numbers in the Cables & Sleeving gallery but I can help with that if you need them.
I think the only vendor I've ordered pins from that had genuine Molex mini fit jr was FTW PC, but I don't like his female fan pins as they are joined on a strip in the middle of the pin instead of the bottom, which means you have to trim off excess with a snipper. He may have changed this by now, IDK.
On the white dinoc radiator, I think it looks good. Although my RX240 is already painted white, I was thinking of that but I already used up my white on the psu and I'm trying hard not to make any more orders for a while.
l like the perimeter paint on the cpu mount, adds a nice little touch! If I wasn't using the led mount I would definitely go for that.
Indeed I did find that out. I ordered the crimper from Nils, as well as a 150 male atx pins, 150 female atx pins and some fan pins too. I actually read over what Lutro0 said was the best, and saw the comparison pictures. Yeah, the stuff from Nils has the best bit, and the cleanest crimp by a long shot. It isn't even a contest.
As for the di-noc, I think I am going to paint the radiator after all. I only want 2-3 shades of white so it doesn't look distasteful. That being said, I got my Raystorm and Hydro Copper blocks mounted, and I plan to take some pictures to show you all what it currently looks like. I want to get opinions on whether I should paint the LED facia white, the GPU backplates white, or both. I want a good and even mix of white on the mobo area, but don't want to overdo it either. So look for some pictures soonish.
I thought the white trim paint was nifty too, thanks! I think it brings just a little more white to "pop" with the white fittings. I think the only green I will have in the build is the little bit on the motherboard, the coolant (Mayhems Mint Green), and maybe the sleeving. I may end up going all black and white for sleeving (with more white than black). Not sure yet, but since I had to order more stuff from Nils to even do it, that will probably be last anyways for the major stuff to do in the build. I also changed out the red LED's in the Hydro Copper blocks to green LED's. I thought red would just be blah in there. I am hoping I did well enough of a solder job. The heatshrink I had didn't cover very well, but I also have them taped up nice and tight, so it should be fine. I haven't soldered in many years.
Fun side note: One of my dogs somehow snuck under my chair when I was soldering unbeknownst to me. I tried to move backwards a bit, and the chair flipped, and as luck would have it the soldering iron landed on my left arm. So I have a nice large 2nd degree burn area from my mid bicep to my forearm. Because landing on me wasn't enough, it had to roll all the way down my arm. Good times.