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post #181 of 202
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As previously mentioned I did some work on the cables that power the inverters for the CCFLs.
I don't have replacement pins for the OE ones in the connectors to the inverters, so I had to reuse the wire and connectors they came with.
(if anyone knows where to get these pins, feel free to let me know)

This is what's left of 2 sets of donor cables:



And this is the new cable:



The original cable uses one male molex to power one inverter and then loops through to a female molex (where you can plug in your second cable/inverter). The new cable powers 2 inverters from one molex. Way cleaner solution thumb.gif

For whoever is interested in how they are connected: from 1 pin on the molex I ran 2 cables to the switches (one cable/switch per inverter). From the other molex pin there are 2 cables to the connectors for the inverters, and then going to the switch.
post #182 of 202
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And here's what the new top, green AP-15s and 2 CCFLs all put together look like:



Varying ambient light:





And one more, because I really like this pic biggrin.gif

post #183 of 202
Looking really good. I like that CCFL in the center to give it the "underglow" look. Great idea.
post #184 of 202
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

Looking really good. I like that CCFL in the center to give it the "underglow" look. Great idea.

Thanks biggrin.gif They're not fixed in place yet, but that's what I'm going for. There isn't that much light coming from under the top actually, certainly not in a normally lit room, so I might even go to 4 CCFLs under there.
post #185 of 202
I was looking back through your log and noticed the comments about the SATA power cables. After making several sets and moving drives around, etc, I found them to be a pita.
What I finally settled on was .0403" OD 18AWG wire. The insulation is thinner, yet you still get 18AWG. This made it easy to use the punch down connectors. I just put the connectors in an old unused HDD and tapped the wires in with a small flat blade screwdriver.

Everything is looking good!

Is this the pins you're looking for?
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_174&products_id=26355
post #186 of 202
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

I was looking back through your log and noticed the comments about the SATA power cables. After making several sets and moving drives around, etc, I found them to be a pita.
What I finally settled on was .0403" OD 18AWG wire. The insulation is thinner, yet you still get 18AWG. This made it easy to use the punch down connectors. I just put the connectors in an old unused HDD and tapped the wires in with a small flat blade screwdriver.

Everything is looking good!

Is this the pins you're looking for?
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_174&products_id=26355

Thanks for the compliment biggrin.gif

I don't plan on moving my drives around too much, but if you're a serial-HDD-mover then indeed it might not be worth the pain wink.gif
I put the first (=end) connector on the actual HDD in the actual cage, and then pushed in the wire. Then slide on the sleeve and heatshrink, shrink it (a little way down the cable so I didn't melt the connector), then slide it up to the connector. Plug in the next connector and repeat smile.gif
This way you'll get clean, straight connectors and wires. The wire I'm using is actually 1.5mm², which is in between 15 and 16AWG, but I got away with it because of the thinner silicone insulation. I have silicone insulated 18AWG on order now so this should be easier to get into the connectors.
Maybe there is also a difference between different brands of connectors? I'm using the ones from MDPC (Molex brand) and as long as you snap off the little tabs in the caps, it seems they're not too fussy about slightly bigger wire.

Yes, those are the pins, thanks! (but I found them by myself about 15 minutes before your post rolleyes.gif )
I've fired off a request to a local shop if they can stock them, because the cheapest shipping option from performance-pcs.com was something like $63 thinking.gifthinking.gif
post #187 of 202
The white SATA punch down connectors I bought from FCPU. I think they are about the only ones around that sell white male hooded fan connectors too.
At some point I'm going to try to get all white connectors on my rig, but I'll probably be ordering them from Mouser or Newark.
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Good grief, that's a lot for shipping. Now you know how I feel ordering from Aquatuning! lol. They don't charge that much though, even for UPS.


Edited by mandrix - 3/7/13 at 3:53pm
post #188 of 202
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The white SATA punch down connectors I bought from FCPU. I think they are about the only ones around that sell white male hooded fan connectors too.
At some point I'm going to try to get all white connectors on my rig, but I'll probably be ordering them from Mouser or Newark.
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Good grief, that's a lot for shipping. Now you know how I feel ordering from Aquatuning! lol. They don't charge that much though, even for UPS.

White connectors are indeed vastly outnumbered by black ones. Except for CCFL connectors where they appear to be all white and nobody sells any replacements (black or white). Go figure.
I haven't come across white sata connectors yet I think.
If you're putting 2 SSDs in the tray it just gets more difficult to make your cable, you have zero room to play with. That would make my sleeving solution impossible.

Yep, that shipping quote led to an emptied shopping cart very quickly smile.gif
post #189 of 202
Is the dual SSD mount on the side of the case like the SM8? Those were a real pita for me. I did have 2 HDD's and 3 SSD's on the side of mine until I moved all but one SSD to the cage up top.
I tried making a single long SATA power cable for all the drives when they were side mounted + the DVD and it was a huge mess the way they were all spread out.
Now with all drives but one in the cage it was a lot easier.
post #190 of 202
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Is the dual SSD mount on the side of the case like the SM8? Those were a real pita for me. I did have 2 HDD's and 3 SSD's on the side of mine until I moved all but one SSD to the cage up top.
I tried making a single long SATA power cable for all the drives when they were side mounted + the DVD and it was a huge mess the way they were all spread out.
Now with all drives but one in the cage it was a lot easier.

The Magnum series doesn't have any drive mounts except in the cages, so you need the dual SSD bracket. I've finished my sata power cables, I'll post some pics later.
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