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Sleeving a SeaSonic G series SSR 550W PSU

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This post is going to have a few questions so bear with me. First off, this is my first attempt at sleeving so I am a noob. I bought this PSU before hearing and learning about sleeving. Once I saw PSU wires sleeved I was hooked. I have seen tons of videos on sleeving so I am not too concerned about giving it a try. I have already removed the pins/wires from the connector. I figure if I can do that I can surely try sleeving.

btw- it wasn't easy removing the pins from the connector but after doing a few I finally got the technique down. I found the key was pushing in on the wire while pushing down on the pin removal tool. Then it was a matter of pulling hard on the wire to release it. I am talking about pulling so hard that sometimes you think you are going to pull the wire right out of the pin.



As you can see, I will need to sleeve all the way into the PSU.

Now the fun starts. First, I found a purple and black wire twisted together. Here is the post on that issue:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1445730/twisted-wires-on-24-pin-atx/10#post_21712998

Then I found 4 sets of wires doubled up into one pin:
orange wires: 1-awg 20 + 1-awg 22
black wires: 1-awg 20 + 1-awg 22
yellow wires: 1-awg 20 + 1-awg 22
red wires: 1-awg 20 + 1-awg 18

Next up, the blue, grey, and green wires are awg 20
All the rest are awg 18
Gnarly.

My biggest concern is this: How will the finished sleeving job look if I were to sleeve different gauged wires and the doubled up wires. Would it turn out really bad? Would it be possible to build an extension and just use all 18 gauge wires to the mb connector? Or.......should I just buy a better PSU (fully modular)?

Thanks for checking out my post. I hope resolving this issue will help someone else who has decided on the SeaSonic units that come with these challenges.
post #2 of 4
One of the common ways to deal with dual wires is to use the splicing technique.

If you sleeve different gauge wires the thinner wire will be noticeable, particularly on close inspection.

Creating an extension for the 24 pin does mean you can get them looking perfect but then have the problem of hiding the untidy and long wires and yes, you can use 18AWG for all the wires.

You've discovered one of the main techniques for removing the pins from the connector.

Buying a fully modular PSU does give you the opportunity to make up a separate, custom length set of cables while keeping the original cables in case they're required for an RMA.
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Thanks Big Elf, you have given me the information I was looking for. I appreciate that. The big issue was whether the smaller gauged wires would show up under scrutiny. Not something I want to have happen considering all the time invested. An extension would be ok if I wanted to invest in the tools to do so. I think for myself the idea of being able to create my own custom 24 pin main cable, as well as the other cables, is really the best option if I am going to invest in the tools anyway. Also, going full modular will no doubt be the cleanest in the long run. The 550w unit I have now can be used in another computer that won't be customized. So all is not lost. I have learned a great deal already from you and all the other "sleevers" and "modders" out there!
Once again, thanks to Lutro0 Customs for the great sleeving videos.
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After giving things more thought I decided to upgrade from the 550 Seasonic semi-modular unit and went with a Seasonic Platinum 760w PSU. As Elf mentioned previously, using a fully modular unit gave me the option of fabricating my own custom sleeved wiring harness. It is really the best way to go.


I'm sure a lot of you guys may chuckle at my sleeving but it was my first job doing it. Seasonic PSU's are a real challenge because 4 wires are doubled up so that meant I had 4 splices to do. I used the splicing technique given by ontic which really worked out well. Thanks again ontic. thumb.gif

As you can see, I have some wire training to do. I thought I would wait until I get the harness installed and then try to straight them out..........btw......I used 550 royal blue paracord purchased from Lucro0s Customs.





I personally think the paracord makes a super-clean look. Will update pics after installation.
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