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SLEEVING FAQ: WIP


Q: WHAT SIZE SLEEVING AND HEATSHRINK SHOULD I GET?
A: For single sleeving, 1/8". Heatshrink is dependent on shrink ratio, but 5/16" is the standard for 3:1/4:1. You want to have a thin wall in order to fit it into the connectors. This is where most heatshrink falls on its face, not being able to fit inside the connector. MDPC-X size small is the equivalent of both of these.

Q: HOW MUCH SLEEVING AND HEATSHRINK DO I NEED?
A: It depends on the length of the wires you want to sleeve. If you want to fully single sleeve each wire on your power supply, simple measure the length of each wire in a group of wires (for instance your PCI-E 6 pin wires) then multiply that number by the amount of wires in that group (6 in this case). Once you find that amount for each group of cables, add them all up and add around 5%-10% for wasted sleeving. Don't forget about your case I/O wires, fan wires, your color scheme - three black to one white, for example - and the convenience of having extra.

As for heatshrink, it's usually good to take 10% of your sleeving length and a bit more to that. If you needed 40 meters of sleeving, you'd want 4 meters of shrink. But since we usually need to cut and fix the shrink, 5 meters would give you some breathing room to not worry if you're wasting too much by getting the perfect result.

Q: Does MDPC-X / FurryLetters ship to my country?
A: Most likely. They ship to America, Australia, South america, South Africa, you name it!

Q: Do I need to buy tools?
A: Yes and no. For Molex connectors, you'll need a specific diameter tool to remove them. ATX pins can be removed with staples as well as other free things laying around. Just takes practice.

Q: Is it worth it?
A: Oh I'm sorry, I thought this was overclock.net If you love your computer, it'll be worth it. It's more about having fun doing it and sharing your artistic side than it is the end result unless you're very good at photography as well.

Q: I do not feel confident in my abilities and don't want to waste my money. What should I do?
A: You can practice with some of the cheaper sleeving/heatshrink on a spare psu or some random wires laying around. Alternatively you could find someone on the forums that would be willing to sleeve what you need for you, usually at the cost of shipping both ways + a "tip"

It is also good to know that when you buy from MDPC-X, you'll be emailed a detailed guide on how to get a fantastic sleeving job.

 

PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE MORE THAN ONE IMAGE PER POST Thank you!

 

Quote: Nils from MDPC

There's nothing better than creativity and sleeving makes people creative

 

 

 

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These guides and FAQs have been given to The Cable Sleeving Gallery & Discussion by permission to be used to promote sleeving and the knowledge on how to use it, for the original thread please go to the original OCN thread

 

Lutro0 Customs - Sleeving Guide Series

View all of the videos on my YouTube Channel.


 

Part 1 - Introduction

 

To start it all off here is the introduction to the series, it gives a brief look into some of the things we will be going over and my heart on the matter.

 

 

 

Part 2 - Tools of the Trade

 

This video will be all about what tools you will need for your sleeving project. After the video I will list all of the tools I mentioned. If you have any questions on any of them feel free to PM me or post it.

 

Here is the full purchase list of tools: Click the spoiler to see.

Click to read the full list of Must Have,and Optional & Advanced Sleeving Tools (Click to show)

Basic "Must Have" Sleeving Tools

Scissors: Scotch Precision Scissor, 8-Inches

Flush Side Cutter

Round Molex Remover & alt

Molex Extraction Tool & alt & alt

Masking tape: Found at most stores.

Lighter

Heatgun: There is too many options to list, try Amazon, Ebay, Harborfreight, Home Depot, Lowe's, or Froogle. Alt

Exacto Hobby Knife: Found at most stores - crafts stores, walmart, etc.

 

Optional / Advanced Sleeving Tools

 

LC Sleeving Tool: Contact Lutr0 for purchase.

Molex Crimper

Self Adjusting Wire Stripper

Heat Shrink Cutting Jig: DIY. I suggest buying pre-cut heatshrink from MDPC-X

Soldering Kit

 

Part 3 - MDPC Sleeving Guide

 

This video will show you how to unpin and sleeve and reconnect a standard pcie or eps wire with MDPC. The goal of this video is to show the little differences and techniques that are involved when using MDPC Sleeving & Heatshrink. For more information about MDPC or if your are interested in purchasing please visit http://www.mdpc-x.com Also, please remember if you have any questions or if you feel I left something out; either post or feel free to shoot either of us a PM.

 

 

Part 4 - Paracord Sleeving Guide

 

This video will show you how to unpin and sleeve and reconnect a standard pcie or eps wire with paracord. The goal of this video is to show the little differences and techniques that are involved when using paracord sleeving using both long heatshrink and MDPC. When I personally sleeve with paracord I will use 450 or 550 cord, which can be found on ebay or army surplus stores. Here is an example of such a store. VTArmyNavy. And if you plan on the longer heatshrink method I would suggest you use 1/4 3:1 heatshrink : thin walled. This can be found in many places. Here is a link for a good price on it.

 

 

Part 5 - Molex 4-Pin Power Cable

 

This video will show you how to sleeve a Molex power cable with a MDPC Sleeving. Other types of sleeving can be used, but you will need to take in consideration the melting point of the heatshrink as well as the diameter. This is also true for the sleeving as well. You will want to find a heatshrink that is at least 1/4in diameter and either 3:1 or 4:1 shrink ratio, so that it can cover both pieces of sleeving and wires as well as shrink tight.

 

 

Part 6 - Sata Data Cable

 

This video will show you how to sleeve a Sata Data Cable with a MDPC Sleeving. Other types of sleeving can be used, but you will need to take in consideration the melting point of the heatshrink as well as the diameter. This is also true for the sleeving as well.

 

 

This guide is always being updated so please keep checking here for updates or the original thread located here.


 

Lutro0's Frequently Asked Sleeving Questions

 

WIP, not translated to rich text yet. (Click to show)

 

Sleeving - How much sleeving will I need? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] The best and really only way is to measure them yourself or look at the datasheet for your psu. This can be found on the website for the manufactor of your psu or a review site as well. Now you just have to look at the cable length and then add them up.... Let’s say you have a 24pin cable and the datasheet says it is 520mm long, so: [I]24x520mm = 12,480 millimeters = 12.48 meters[/I] So for just the 24pin you will need 12.48 meters of sleeving. And then you continue to do the same for the eps, sata, molex, and pcie cables. (not to mention any other things/cables you want sleeved) Once you have everything added up you will want to add 10-20% more sleeve to it just in case you mess something up or perhaps forget about something. [SIZE="5"]Heatshrink[/SIZE] - How much heatshrink will I need? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] Most places sell precut HS now, so that makes it as simple as adding it up with the rule that you will need 2x pieces of HS per wire. So you add up all of the wires of your cables/things that you will be sleeving. [I]I.E. a 24pin cable has 24 pins. So you will need 48 cuts of HS for just the 24pin.[/I] I always add 50-100 more pieces no matter what so you don’t have to settle for a messed up look, even more so if this is your first time sleeving. [B]If you are using tubing that is not precut[/B], I believe the rule of thumb is to find out how much 20% of your total order of sleeving will be and order that amount in HS. [B]But again I would choose to try and do the math[/B], for example is you are using 15mm cuts of hs, you would need 30mm of hs [B]per wire[/B], and if you are using 20mm cuts you would need 40mm per wire and so on. Remember to add the equivalent of 50 to 100 extra pieces so you can get a little extra. [SIZE="5"]Sleeving Types[/SIZE] - What is all out there and what is the best? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] This question is asked all the time, but it is a very subjective one. The reason for that being that everyone has a personal choice. So while I cant say which ones is the best I will say which ones is the most popular, and we will start with that one right off the bat. [B]MDPC[/B] – MDPC Sleeve and products has been considered the quality choice in the sleeving industry and as such they have lived up to that name over and over. The owner Nils stops at nothing to hold his products to the highest standard and will never relent in upholding that standard. The sleeving itself is the perfect size for single sleeving and has an awesome coverage of the wire, however if you are doing white sleeving you will need to prep your cables which will be covered later on in the FAQ. The color choices are right on par with what you would want in your system. Also the Heat Shrink color choices are one of a kind and will outdo anything out there at this time. But I will stop blabbing and let you look for yourself, You can check out MDPC on their website located here: [URL=http://www.mdpc-x.com/]http://www.mdpc-x.com/[/URL] [B]PARACORD[/B] - Paracord sleeve is a very popular sleeving choice for those that are on a budget, however that does come at a price. Sleeving with paracord is just like sleeving with shoelaces and the material is nylon, and feels a bit like rope. Now if it is stretched right it will not feel floppy and work just fine, but you will have to take some extra time with it to make sure you get a good result. The color choices of paracord are super abundant and you can find any color you want in at least a few shades. Paracord comes in a few different sizes but the most popular sizes for sleeving will be 450lb paracord and 550lb paracord – the difference between the two is some extra strands in the middle of it (the core) and the 550lb being very slightly bigger. Both will work just fine for sleeving. For finding paracord you simply need to do a search for “450 Paracord” or “550 Paracord” There is many different places to find it, and for the most part the price will be about $10-15 per 100ft roll. [B]CEANCUT (techflex cleancut)[/B] – Techflex CleanCut sleeving has become a popular choice for sleeving because of its full coverage and its super cheap price from an E-Bay distributor, FurryLetters. The main downfall of CleanCut is that it only comes in 2 colors, black and gray. The sleeving itself is a plastic type and is very flexible and works perfect for single sleeving. Prices vary from seller to seller but like stated earlier most buy it from FurryLetters on E-Bay, The main link to his shop can be found here: [URL=http://stores.ebay.com/FURRYLETTERS]http://stores.ebay.com/FURRYLETTERS[/URL] [B]FTW Sleeving[/B] – FTW Sleeving is currently undergoing a full sleeving and heatshrink revamp and the new sleeving will be in soon. Untill then I would suggest that you wait until the new products have been reviewed to purchase the new sleeving. Because why buy old when you can buy new? I will be updating this when the new sleeving hits the market to keep you informed. FTW also is a source of paracord, which is the same found on other sites as well. To check out their current stock lineup please visit them here: [URL=http://ftwpc.com/]http://ftwpc.com/[/URL] [B]Other Sleevings[/B] – There is a few other types of sleeving out there at this moment, but I have not added the due to their popularity not being very high and the price or quality being too high or too low. I will be adding the other types as I find some time. [SIZE="5"]Heatshrink Size[/SIZE] – What kind of heatshrink and size should I buy? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] This is another question that gets asked all the time. There is a few things you need to know about heatshrink to make a good choice. 1.Shrink Ratio – what this means is how many times smaller the shrink will get once it has been heated from its original size. The smaller the shrink gets the tighter the hold will be on the shrink and wire. So, the lowest shrink ratio you will want is 3:1, but the best ratio you cant get is 4:1. 2.Wall Thickness and Glue or no Glue. – Wall thickness refers to the actual thickness of the actual heatshrink it self or the actual materials size, again smaller is better with this as any added thickness to the shrink will make the shrunken diameter larger. So thin walled will be your best bet. I have also seen and used glue lined shrink myself, and although it seems like a great idea, it becomes messy and almost always has a thick wall on it, so right away it goes outside the parameters of what a good heatshrink should be. 3.Precut or not Precut – This is a personal choice but most pro sleevers will tell you right off the bat – get the precut and save yourself some time and allow yourself to get a clean look. It is not really cheaper to cut it yourself when you factor in how many time you may need to fix your sleeving. If you need some longer lengths then buy a small amount of it for the special parts. 4.Shrink Size and Length – For the most part the best diameter for shrink is either 3/16 in or ¼ in, this will allow you to get your shrink over most sleeve and wire combos if you have the right ratio. For length you will want to use what most pro sleevers use and that is 15mm, if you buy the precut most places already have it cut at that size. With that all being said, what Heatshrink do I recommend? I suggest you look at MDPC Heatshrink as it has everything we listed above as well as high melting point, what I mean by that is it will take a great amount of heat before the actual shrink melts. Also it comes in many color choices. It can be found at: [URL=http://www.mdpc-x.com/]http://www.mdpc-x.com/[/URL] Otherwise, I would suggest getting this ¼ in 3:1 thinwalled heatshrink from this link here: [URL=http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=6890391#tab=Specs]http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=6890391#tab=Specs[/URL] It has a cheap price and is a great product. [SIZE="5"]Tools[/SIZE] – What sleeving tools will I need for a clean looking job? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] You will need at least some basic tools as well as some advanced depending on how much sleeving you are going to be doing. Now you can use staples and such, but I highly discourage this as it can be more of a hassle than it needs to be if you just buy the right tools and do it right the first time. I have made an in-depth purchasing guide as well as a video break down of each tool and why it is important. To view the guide, please look at my How-To Article on how to sleeve located here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1122053/lutro0-customs-sleeving-tool-tutorials. Also here is the full purchase list of tools: Click the spoiler to see. [spoiler=Click to read the full list of Must Have,and Optional & Advanced Sleeving Tools] [Center][SIZE="4"][B]Basic "Must Have" Sleeving Tools[/B][/SIZE][/CENTER] [B]Scissors[/B]: [URL=http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-1448-Precision-Scissor-8-Inches/dp/B001BKHHGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1316882718&sr=1-1][/URL] [B]Flush Side Cutter[/B]: [URL=http://www.amazon.com/Eurotool-Extra-Small-Side-Cutter/dp/B002SZVE8M/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1316882902&sr=1-2]http://www.amazon.com/Eurotool-Extra-Small-Side-Cutter/dp/B002SZVE8M/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1316882902&sr=1-2[/URL] [B]Round Molex Remover[/B]: [url]http://en.mdpc-x.com/mdpc-sleeve/sleeve-kits-+-tools/sleeve-tools/pin-remover-4-pin-save-my-wallet.htm[/url] [url]http://www.coolerguys.com/840556093558.html?productid=840556093558[/url] [B]Molex Extraction Tool. Part Number : 11-03-0044[/B]: [url]http://en.mdpc-x.com/mdpc-sleeve/sleeve-kits-+-tools/sleeve-tools/pin-remover-by-molex-the-original.htm[/url] [url]http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=6070184[/url] [url]http://ftwpc.com/cables-and-sleeving/the-original-molex-mini-fit-jr-pin-extraction-tool.html[/url] [B]Masking tape[/B]: Found at most stores. [B]Lighter[/B]: Found at most stores. [B]Heatgun[/B]: There is too many options to list, try Amazon, Ebay, or Froogle. [URL=http://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-840015-Black-10-Piece-Heat/dp/B000H4I67I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316907761&sr=8-1][/URL]http://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-840015-Black-10-Piece-Heat/dp/B000H4I67I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316907761&sr=8-1 [B]Exacto Hobby Knife [/B]: Found at most stores. [B]LC Sleeving Tool[/B]: Contact me for purchase. [CENTER][SIZE="4"][B]Optional / Advanced Sleeving Tools[/B][/SIZE][/CENTER] [B]Molex Crimper:[/B] Overlap - [url]http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1277[/url] Bite - [url]http://en.mdpc-x.com/mdpc-crimping/mdpc-crimping-tool.htm[/url] [B]Self Adjusting Wire Stripper[/B]: [url]http://www.frys.com/product/1563227;jsessionid=W7ln93C7CyIimt8cf+wJbA__.node3?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG[/url] [B]Heat Shrink Cutting Jig [/B]: DIY [B]Big Sharp Knife [/B]: Found in most stores. [B]Soldering Kit [/B]: Found in most hobby stores. [/spoiler] [SIZE="5"]How to Sleeve?[/SIZE] – And of course this question needed to be asked. And this is by far not an easy one to answer as everyone has their own style. So I will be listing two different styles as well as giving you a link to my own video series that will give you an super in-depth visual guide on how to sleeve many different cables with many different sleeves. [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] To start this off my friend Nils from MDPC has put together a nice visual guide on his method of sleeving that works well with MDPC Sleeve. This guide was used with permission from the maker himself; please do not repost this without first getting permission. [CENTER][IMG]http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8458/mdpcxshrinkguide00xx11.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] And the second guide will be a link to my video sleeving guides, I am not posting them here as it is by far way too much information to repost, and you can keep up to date by following the thread itself. To see the guides please follow this link: [URL=http://www.overclock.net/t/1122053/lutro0-customs-sleeving-tool-tutorials]http://www.overclock.net/t/1122053/lutro0-customs-sleeving-tool-tutorials[/URL] [SIZE="5"]Wire Colors & Voltages[/SIZE] – What do all these colors mean? Or what wire goes where? [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] For the most part all power supplies follow a basic standard for the motherboard pin side, which means for a 24 pin that connects to the motherboard the pin out and voltages will always be the same. What does differ however is in what order they come out of the power supply itself as that is totally up to the manufacture on the layout. For the PSU side pin outs you will need to look on the makers website or request it from them by email or other means. Otherwise I have shown below a few basic pin out and voltages for a few different cables. [CENTER][IMG]http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/9346/charts.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER] [SIZE="5"]Connector Types & Where to buy?[/SIZE] – I get this question all the time. Lutro0, where do you buy all of your connectors and what connector do I need for this or that? Well, I hope to answer all of that! I will list the most common connector names and post a link where you can purchase them. [CENTER]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/CENTER] [SIZE=4][U]24pin - Molex Power Connectors[/U][/SIZE] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29538]20+ 4 Pin Female ATX Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30802]24-Pin Female ATX Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30801]24-Pin Male ATX Power Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/5420/24pinmolexpowerconnecto.jpg[/IMG] [SIZE=4][U]8pin - Molex EPS Power Connectors[/U][/SIZE] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29500]8-Pin Female ATX Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30806]8-Pin Male ATX Power Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/99/8pinmolexpowerepsconnec.jpg[/IMG] [SIZE=4][U]4pin - Molex EPS Power Connectors[/U][/SIZE] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30803]4-pin Male 12v Pentium 4 Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30804]4-pin Female 12v Pentium 4 Power Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/66/4pinmolexpowerepsconnec.jpg[/IMG] [SIZE=4][U]6pin - Molex PCIE Power Connectors[/U][/SIZE] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29467]6 pin Female VGA Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30974]6 Pin Male VGA Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29544]6+2Pin VGA Female Power Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/9451/6pinmolexpcieconnectors.jpg[/IMG] [U][SIZE=4]8pin - Molex PCIE Power Connector[/SIZE][/U] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30807]8PIN Male VGA Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29544]6+2Pin VGA Female Power Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30808]8PIN Female VGA Power Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4920/8pinmolexpcieconnectors.jpg[/IMG] [SIZE=4][U]Sata - Power Connectors[/U][/SIZE] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=30810]SATA EZ Crimp 90° Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_164&products_id=1169]SATA Molex Connector - Punch Down with Cap[/URL] [IMG]http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/9376/satapowermolexconnector.jpg[/IMG] [U][SIZE=4]4pin - Molex Power[/SIZE][/U] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29525]4pin Muti-Use Female Molex Connector[/URL] [URL=http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=60_923_925_931&products_id=29531]4pin Muti-Use Male Molex Connector[/URL] [IMG]http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6798/4pinmolexpowerconnector.jpg[/IMG] [CENTER][B][SIZE=3]Please remember that I am always updating this and if you want to see something on here please just leave a comment at the original thread located: [URL=http://www.overclock.net/t/1122053/lutro0-customs-sleeving-tool-tutorials/0_20]HERE[/URL][/SIZE][/B][/CENTER]

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO BUY SLEEVING MATERIALS

 

  1. MDPC-X

 

BOTTOM LINE: MDPC-X is absolutely the sleeving of choice for those looking to get the best of the best, and are willing to pay extra for it. If it is out of your budget however, there are some other alternatives listed below.



  • OVERVIEW
    • Highest quality sleeving available.
    • Currently only seller to provide triple-braid multi-filament sleeving in a wide range of colors, sizes, and kits.
    • Extremely dense weave which prevents the sleeve from being seen through.
    • Some of the best heatshrink available with a 4:1 shrink ratio and a thin wall
    • Offer specialty sleeving especially for SATA cables.
    • Seller makes it his mission to make sure every buyer is 100% satisfied, customer service is stellar.
  • PROS
    • Best you can buy, comes in many colors and sizes
    • Ships to virtually any country
    • Their mission is to provide sleeving for the modding community, so it is perfectly tailored to what you need.
  • CONS
    • Shipping costs relatively more for non-European countries
    • Has few promotional sales
  1. FurryLetters

 

BOTTOM LINE: For anyone that wants to get a quality sleeving job that they won't regret, but doesn't want to spend a fortune, this stuff is the single best option. Can't be said enough, this is the best bang-for-your-buck available at the moment.


(credit: tK FuRY) CLEAN CUT sleeving is on the LEFT | PET sleeving is on the RIGHT
 

  • OVERVIEW
    • Triple-Braid high quality sleeve (Clean Cut, or CC) only comes in black. Single-Braid low quality PET sleeving comes in many colors unavailable at MDPC-X
    • CC Comes in 1/8" 1/4" and 3/8" diameter sizes.
    • Sleeving is a bit more shiny than MDPC-X and has a different texture.
    • Seller has heatshrink for sale, but it is not recommended for sleeving a power supply (more information on heatshrink will be here at a later date)
    • Ships internationally for a very reasonable price.
    • Remember, CLEAN CUT = Triple-Braid, similar to MDPC-X and only available in black. PET or TechFlex = Single-Braid and is pretty transparent (see picture below) This is not recommended, but depending on what look you're going for it may be more appropriate than clean cut.
  • PROS
    • Best bang-for-the-buck sleeving. Since it's an eBay seller, buying is eligible for "Bing Cashback" (8% back at the time of writing)
    • Ships to virtually any country
    • Quality is similar to MDPC-X at a lower cost.
  • CONS
    • CC only available in black
    • Has some imperfections in the sleeve
    • Need to find another seller for heatshrink and tools
  1. FTWPC
    TBA Pending Sample

GUIDES, TIPS, STRATEGIES, AND OTHER INFORMATION

How to properly apply heatshrink to a cable (Nil's work )


Below is a pretty straight-forward (and antiqued) and more simple approach to single sleeving, summed up pretty nicely by BlueAqua on xtremesystems.org. You can add or subtract steps depending on your budget, time, and preferences.

  1. Cut 2 heatshrink lengths 20mm each. (or other desired length)
  2. Use staple in U shape, hold with pliers, put on outer edges of the pin in socket and push gently until all the way in. (also try pushing the wire IN towards the staple/tool, push the staple/tool in more, then pull)
  3. Gently pull on wire until it pops out, sometimes this required a bit more force than expected.
  4. Slide on 1 piece of heatshrink
  5. Slide the sleeving over the cable
  6. Cut sleeving past the end of the connector.
  7. Slide the rest of the sleeving into desired position.
  8. Slide the heatshrink on.
  9. Shink the connector side of the heatshrink so that the heatshrink is just over the first piece of metal on the connector.
  10. Let cool.
  11. Stretch the sleeving as tight as you can get it.
  12. Shrink the opposite end heatshrink.
  13. Insert new sleeved cable into connector, pops out the staple.
  14. Repeat per cable. I hope that was detailed enough on what I did."

HOW TO CREATE A TOOL TO CUT YOUR HEATSHRINK PERFECTLY EVERY TIME! Thanks to oliver!
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A good guide on removing ATX pins (non-molex) with staples can be found HERE. Includes good pictures and good information. (credit: Dangals)

Another guide is located HERE, providing other tips and tricks along with pictures to make it even easier.

CONNECTOR CHARTS
24 ATX Pin Chart


Edited by MijnWraak - 12/27/11 at 9:21pm
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let me be the first to add to this thread.













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Edited by nafljhy - 2/3/10 at 4:05pm
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Damn nafljhy, your sleeving looks so fuzzy and inviting...

    
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nice
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here is another project i did:
the pcie connectors

the SATA connectors

the shortened molex connectors

the 8pin EPS connector

and of course the 24 pin atx connector

and all of it zip tied and getting it ready to go.

the molex extensions

the 8pin extension

the molex Y splitter.


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let me be the first to add to this thread.




is that sleeving made out of fabric(like the kind that logitech g5 has) if so can you tell me where you get it?
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here is what i got:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT

and

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT

I also got some of this to cover solder joints:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT

I used about 200ft of sleeve and 20ft of heatshrink to do the whole PSU and all my fans and my front panel.

It probably took me about 5-6 hours total to do all the work. It would have been quicker if I had a heat gun, but I just used a candle.

also, get one of these pin remover tools:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/38...tl=g35c133s257

They work great for both types of pins. I did break one half way through though so you might want to get 2.

For more pics check out my worklog, I am not done yet, so subscribe if you want to see the end product.
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here is what i got:...
Nice.

Funny as that's exactly what I've been recommending.

BTW, this is the best pin removal tool:




Cost nothing and still not broken.
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