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Hi, i want to make custom cables for a future build. not just sleeving, but shortening them so there is no extra length of cables at all. is there a guide somewhere?

Also is there any simple way of keeping the cables straight (not twisted or anyhting) inless its impossible to get around. there has been 1 guide i have seen but it was very complicated, any simple way that makes it look good?

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post #2 of 11
Guide for which part? Shortening them? or sleeving them? For shortening, I'd recommend picking up a crimping tool and wire kit from one of your modding sites (performance PCs, frozen CPU, whomever). In theory you could cut the wire, removing the length you want to remove, and solder it back together, but that would be messy at best.

Ideally, you should cut off the excess length, remove the wire sheath, crimp on new end (whether male or female) and insert it back into the actual plug.
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ok, thanks

1. (i cant look now) arent some of the connectors square and pentagon shaped?
2. any best type of power supply to use? i have an ax850 for now that ill keep the way it is because i hear its a nightmare to do anything to with its splitting cables and cables that are twisted around each other?
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post #4 of 11
Cable wire termination is not hard, I learned it in a few minutes from a buddy, we were doing ethernet wires. Just need the proper tools. But I would imagine that you would definitely be voiding your warranty on the psu, so I hope it lasts.
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post #5 of 11
A good soldering job is the way to go for lengthening/shortening your cables however it's still not going to be ideal.

As for the best PSU to use, just go with a solid quality and fully modular one. There aren't really any specific models I would say are better than others for this.
post #6 of 11
Only so much that a guide you read is going to tell you.It is the type of thing you have to get in there and make some mistakes.You will have to know (unless you make totally new cables) how to de-pinconnectors,how to crimp new connectors on the wire,how to order proper replacement connectors (as you are sure to bugger up some),how to read a pin printout.You will have to invest in at least a crimp tool,perhaps a heat gun.Things will be different if you start from a full modular psu.In the end there is a very good chance you develope a new skill.
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ok, i will happily jump into the mix of this, thats how i built my computer, i just need a little tiny beginners guide, then i can go crazy from there... i thing singulary computers on youtube said he was going to make a guide sometime.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SingularityComputers
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A good soldering job is the way to go for lengthening/shortening your cables however it's still not going to be ideal.

I respectfully disagree. Cutting fresh wires to length, crimping on fresh MiniFitJr pins and reinserting into a fresh connector is the fastest way to make a new harness. If you have a proper crimper, pins and a wire stripper it can be done in well under an hour, even for a novice. Cutting and soldering means measuring each wire multiple times, and is fiddly work.

OP: buy a large spool of AWG 18 and check the Frequently Asked Sleeving Questions for what crimping tool, depinning tool and pins you'll need.
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I respectfully disagree. Cutting fresh wires to length, crimping on fresh MiniFitJr pins and reinserting into a fresh connector is the fastest way to make a new harness. If you have a proper crimper, pins and a wire stripper it can be done in well under an hour, even for a novice. Cutting and soldering means measuring each wire multiple times, and is fiddly work.

OP: buy a large spool of AWG 18 and check the Frequently Asked Sleeving Questions for what crimping tool, depinning tool and pins you'll need.

What he said ^

While soldering is not totally out of the question, in my opinion it would be better to cut the wires and re-crimp new pins especially that this is a modular PSU.
It would also be best to do all the cutting up towards the MD side of the wires. However if there are a lot of double wires it be best to do the cutting towards the PSU so any Y connections you have to make will be out of sight behind the MB tray.
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post #10 of 11
I am looking to do the exact same thing and stumbled upon this thread looking for a good jumping off point.

I have a Lian Li PC-D8000 on the way and I am going to be running dual PSU's in it. I plan on using an old PSU that I have lying around to power just the HDDs, SSDs, and Optical drives.

I have found the connectors for sata power at FrozenCPU, as well as SATA data ends, but I haven't been able to find anywhere which states what crimper(s) I need to make the cables, and I haven't been able to find anything regarding what gauge of wire to use for sata data cables.

I'm kind of amazed there isn't a comprehensive guide somewhere on the internet on how to do this.
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