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Alright, pictures are coming. Ran out of 3/8" sleeving, anyone feel like sending me 24" of it?

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A fairly standard 24" SATA cable. Came with my motherboard. There are 6 cables total (same cables) that need to be sleeved.


Alright, haven't done this in a while. Basically, stretching the sleeving over the SATA connector unraveled it a decent amount- This was covered up by heatshrink but you need to singe the ends to keep them from coming undone- I use matches to singe the ends because it's real hot and does it quickly.


This is the heatgun that I'm using- I borrowed it from a neighbor/buddy of mine. Worked FANTASTIC and I got really, really good results from using one. I highly recommend that if you are going to sleeve a lot of cables, you invest in one- It's worth it IMO.


What I ended up doing is taped the ends up. I was debating using zip ties, but they show through the heatshrink and look awful, so I used red electrical tape. Basically, it holds the sleeving in place after it's been heatshrunk so there's a little resistance to being pulled out from under the heatshrink.


The completed cable. See how nice it looks?




Some initial shots of all the cables sleeved and reinstalled into my system- One side effect of sleeving that I had thought of but had never really realized until now was that the cables got REALLY stiff, which ended up making routing much more difficult. Hopefully, in the new Rocketfish, this will be alleviated by a lot more room to work with.



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Nicely done so far.

You're right. Using electrical tape as opposed to zip-ties does lool much nicer.

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I personally would have used 1/4" sleeving for the SATA cables; probably wouldn't have been as stiff. I generally use zip-ties at the end of the sleeving, it doesn't really look so bad and does a great job of securing the ends of the braid; some people would say tape looks better, I guess it's just personal preference.
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I personally would have used 1/4" sleeving for the SATA cables; probably wouldn't have been as stiff. I generally use zip-ties at the end of the sleeving, it doesn't really look so bad and does a great job of securing the ends of the braid; some people would say tape looks better, I guess it's just personal preference.
See, I would have thought 1/4" would be too tight trying to get it around the connector. I have a little bit of time today, so I can take the last connector out and see what I can do. Who knows, maybe I can fit it around it.
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See, I would have thought 1/4" would be too tight trying to get it around the connector.
Yeah, somehow the connector slipped my mind; but the 1/4" might just expand enough to allow a 180 degree SATA connector to pass through.
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Is there any benefit to the sleeving? other than the good looks?

On a side note:
I bought bulk shrink from a local store. The guy must have thought I was nuts as I went back 3 times to get more. Buy the last time we were old friends. He can't saya word of Eng, and I can't say enough Chinese to do more than order food. We had a great time. He offered me beer, smokes and beetle-nut.
I can get any size I want and it comes by the inch as long as you want. It does get expensive if you want to wrap your leg, but meh.
Any diameter, length and colour you want so long as its black.

Ps. you will get to see it when the case mod competition is open to view.
 
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No other major benefits besides looking sexy Some will argue that it improves airflow, but I don't think it's a huge benefit.

I think I have been using 16AWG wire unknowingly...Which means that I am going to have to AT THE LEAST make another trip to HD and get 18AWG wire...If not order all new PCI-E pins from Performance-PCs :\\ That will happen tomorrow depending on what happens with the pins and such.

Not happy right now
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Hang in there, Burn.



*here, have a Beer*
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Mmm...Beer
just remember no drinking and typing!

nice work so far!
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