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Hey guys!

I will be sleeving my PSU cables in not too long, I just need to figure out a few things first!

I will not be cutting the cables to length, so will it work just putting the sleeve over the pin, and then a piece of heatshrink? And if I buy the pin removal tool (I'm gonna buy it all from MDPC), will it be easy to remove the pins?

And I might upgrade my PSU before sleeving (I have a Cooler Master GX650W), I am thinking of getting a Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W PSU (yes, I know, overkill, but it's sort of nice), but the Fractal one has ribbon cables for the additional (the modular parts) such as SATA. molex, PCI-E.

Will ribbon cables be a problem? if I am gonna sleeve them, it will only be the PCI-E, but seeing as I only have one graphics card, it doesn't matter much right now.


First thread, btw, I have only been looking in the Fractal Design Case Owner's Club previously.
post #2 of 11
A good place to start is the FAQs and Video Sleeving Guides.

The Molex ATX pin removing tool from MDPC-Xwill make removing cables easier than with other tools but may take a few practices to get it right.

You can sleeve the ribbon cables together as one unit or separate them and sleeve them individually. However this may affect your ability to RMA the unit. I'd be tempted to make up my own cables or get a spare set.
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Originally Posted by Big Elf View Post

A good place to start is the FAQs and Video Sleeving Guides.

The Molex ATX pin removing tool from MDPC-Xwill make removing cables easier than with other tools but may take a few practices to get it right.

You can sleeve the ribbon cables together as one unit or separate them and sleeve them individually. However this may affect your ability to RMA the unit. I'd be tempted to make up my own cables or get a spare set.

So if I just try to unplug one connector, and then plug it in again, it will be alright training? I could also try it on the extension cables I have now, I want to stop using them as they take up loads of space, making cable management hard.

I will not be using much of the ribbon cables, as I am using a single GPU setup, and only one 8-pin EPS connector.
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The main thing you need to be careful of when you first start to remove ATX pins is that if you don't insert the tool correctly and pull too hard you can pull the wire from the pin. Practising on extensions is a good idea as the principle is the same. The difficulty of removal can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer though.
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post #5 of 11
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The main thing you need to be careful of when you first start to remove ATX pins is that if you don't insert the tool correctly and pull too hard you can pull the wire from the pin. Practising on extensions is a good idea as the principle is the same. The difficulty of removal can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer though.

I see.
Thank you for the help, appreciate it.
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Hey guys!

I will be sleeving my PSU cables in not too long, I just need to figure out a few things first!

I will not be cutting the cables to length, so will it work just putting the sleeve over the pin, and then a piece of heatshrink? And if I buy the pin removal tool (I'm gonna buy it all from MDPC), will it be easy to remove the pins?

And I might upgrade my PSU before sleeving (I have a Cooler Master GX650W), I am thinking of getting a Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W PSU (yes, I know, overkill, but it's sort of nice), but the Fractal one has ribbon cables for the additional (the modular parts) such as SATA. molex, PCI-E.

Will ribbon cables be a problem? if I am gonna sleeve them, it will only be the PCI-E, but seeing as I only have one graphics card, it doesn't matter much right now.


First thread, btw, I have only been looking in the Fractal Design Case Owner's Club previously.

with those ribbon cables you can generally just seperate the wires by pulling them apart from one end and then you can sleeve them

Also you don't really need a tool to unpin the ATX connector and other connectors like that, you can just use two staples that are still stuck together bent over in a U shape and push that in the pin where the tool would normally go. (also the tools often break). I used staples to unpin and repin my ATX connector on my PSU just for practice (I didn't sleeve) and it worked fine. For molex connectors you should get a molex tool tough
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with those ribbon cables you can generally just seperate the wires by pulling them apart from one end and then you can sleeve them

Also you don't really need a tool to unpin the ATX connector and other connectors like that, you can just use two staples that are still stuck together bent over in a U shape and push that in the pin where the tool would normally go. (also the tools often break). I used staples to unpin and repin my ATX connector on my PSU just for practice (I didn't sleeve) and it worked fine. For molex connectors you should get a molex tool tough

To save your fingers, get the molex tool you will be happy you did

In fact three of the most use full tools are

the original molex extractor: http://lutro0-customs.com/products/original-molex-extractor
The round pin extractor: http://lutro0-customs.com/products/round-4pin-extractor

And an exacto knife for the rest. You will be very happy you ordered them.
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To save your fingers, get the molex tool you will be happy you did

In fact three of the most use full tools are

the original molex extractor: http://lutro0-customs.com/products/original-molex-extractor
The round pin extractor: http://lutro0-customs.com/products/round-4pin-extractor

And an exacto knife for the rest. You will be very happy you ordered them.

I saw your videos on sleeving, and I saw you were just using the Molex pin remover, what is the usage scenario of the round pin remover?

Also, I think it'll be cheaper for me to just buy the Molex pin remover together with the sleeving from MDPC (I live in Norway, so shipping from USA will be.. a different story...), and then get a small, sharp knife just a store here in Norway.
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I saw your videos on sleeving, and I saw you were just using the Molex pin remover, what is the usage scenario of the round pin remover?

The round one is for the old "fat" style 4-pin Molex series 8981
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I see. I don't think I'll be doing much to the Molex, now I only use 1, and it's hidden anyway.
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