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what sort of wire should I use if I want to make custom length 3 pin fan extensions? And is there somewhere that sells it in the ribbon form, i.e. the three wires are still stuck together as that will make sleeving much easier!

try Maplins? will at least let you physically look it over to check its right
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what sort of wire should I use if I want to make custom length 3 pin fan extensions? And is there somewhere that sells it in the ribbon form, i.e. the three wires are still stuck together as that will make sleeving much easier!

AWG 24 or 26. I don't agree that ribbon wires will be easier to sleeve because the seam connecting them is at opposite sides of the middle wire, it will mean you can't quite get the wires to form an easy triangle.
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post #9453 of 14329
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AWG 24 or 26. I don't agree that ribbon wires will be easier to sleeve because the seam connecting them is at opposite sides of the middle wire, it will mean you can't quite get the wires to form an easy triangle.
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Lots more cables



The ever popular Colour-X from MDPC



Just a close up of the new heatshrink-less Micro USB cables coupled with the Micro > iPhone 4... lovely and clean. Here is it with my iPod.








Finally, a cable ordered last night and made this morning.

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if i want to sleeve a 3pin fan what size paracord/sleeving should I use and what about heat shrink?
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This is my first cable, used the guide by Lutro0 for Molex.

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if i want to sleeve a 3pin fan what size paracord/sleeving should I use and what about heat shrink?
I use sleeve 6mm diam ; with 10 mm heatshrink with adhesive; to get a solid connection between the sleeve and fan-connector .
The Heatshrink should be shrunk/heat with (Digital) Heat-Gun (by 200-250 celsius degree ) to avoid the adhesive melting .
Lutr0 made one video-guide about fan-sleeving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcXKPn_Mf0g
The difference is the size of the sleeve and the Heashrink diam, I preffer to use Heatshrink with adhesive in this case .....
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Anyone sleeved an NZXT HALE90 (original, not V2) semi-modular PSU?

I am really only concerned with the non-modular cables (24pin + 2x 8pin EPS + 2x 6+2pin PCI-Express + 1x 4-SATA Power), as I am going to make custom cables for all the modular ones. I have to use extensions for some of the non-modular cables as it is, and I'll likely end up NOT using the non-modular SATA Power Cable as A) I have one of the Silverstone 1x to 4x with the build-in capacitors and PERFECT spacing and B) I want to make some that have that perfect spacing between connectors so that there is no slack. Still, I want the cables coming out of the PSU to look good, even though to be honest they are barely visible at all....

Anyone who has sleeved one, I'd appreciate any input!


I'm thinking of doing all the cables (non-modular and custom modular) in paracord, with White as the primary color and perhaps a grey (medium shade, like a gunmetal?) as a secondary shade.... Any opinions on that?

here's how it looks now:
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Great looking system man.

As for not using the hard wire SATA connectors while only using the modular side, it wont be a problem. I have a semi-modular PSU and have made custom PCIe sleeved wires for the modular side, but the hardwire side still has 2 6+2 PCIe wires. I am using one of the hardwired cables to power all my 12V components(replaced all MOLEX 4 pin connectors that only need 2 wires and a 12v source, pumps, fan adapter, cathode inverter, ect and replaced them with Mini-Tamiya connectors) with a custom made wire adapter. The other is just back there taking up space.

I didnt do that for a look, I did it like that so if I have to RMA this PSU, all the hardwired cables are unmodded and should easily be RMAable. I only cut up, and made new, the modular cables.

And IMO, if you plan on sleeving your sata cables, and have a bunch of drives close together, dont sleeve the small pieces between the connectors. I would use just colored wire for the short pieces, as I have found this to be much cleaner finish even if the rest of the cable is sleeved. Just not a good way of securing the sleeving on such a small area with nowhere to attach the sleeve. I would also recommend connectors like these, because they are just punch style connectors. Too hard to get such a perfect spacing if your trying to solder on pins with ZERO room for error. They can be purchased at a bunch of different places, FrozenCPU just came up first in the search.

I think that a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of white to gunmetal would look great. Post what you come up with.
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Awesome, thanks for the response! I have a bunch of mini Tamiya connectors laying around, just have to find them...

I agree with you about the "no sleeve between close SATA Connectors" thing; I am planning on using 16-22AWG White-Insulated wire (depending on what the cable is for, obviously), and figured I'd just terminate the Paracord at the first SATA connector (as I'm doing this heatshrink-less), and then the white wire would be visible between the drives; it definitely looks cleaner that way. I am using one of those Silverstone 1-to-4 SATA Power Cable Adapters with Capacitors (can never remember the model number), and it's pure black wire at just the right length, and believe it or not I am pretty positive that the capacitors actually have a function; I'm running all but one of my drives off it, and I have my Fluke DMM connected in-line to the 12v and ground, turn the disk-sleep time to something like 1min, then have HDTune Pro run (one instance per drive) a full drive test (max accuracy to really stress the spinners), and the spin-up of 4 mechanical drives (8 total platters) all at once doesn't cause a spike in voltage. I would definitely recommend these to anyone building a home server with 4 or more HDD's, especially if in RAID where staggered spin-up is not an option. I have 8 more of them on order for my own home server (for which I am dedicating a second PSU to just the HDD's, as if they all spin-up at once it'll be about 300W spike!).

Anyway, glad to hear that my "white and grey" color scheme for sleeves sounds good to someone other than myself! thumb.gif
I was originally going to do all the primary cables in all-white, and all the secondary (front panel/fan/etc) cables in all-grey, but I think having something like 3/4 White to 1/4 Grey in the primary cables will help pull everything together, and then I can use a darker shade of grey for the "cables you shouldn't see" (i.e. rad fan wiring harness, front panel, etc), as well as ALL the external cables.

Oh, yeah, that reminds me.... I've decided to sleeve ALL of my external cables as well as the internal ones, since they're fairly visible and it would really visually clean up my desk area. Now, I think WHITE would be a terrible choice as dust/dirt/etc would make it ugly, fast. However, I still am hoping to use a couple of different colors so as to be able to differentiate between TYPES of cables..... Such as: All USB in Dark Blue, Input (KB/M) in Dark Grey, Output (Monitor/Speakers/Headphones) in Light Grey (already did a set of headphones for practice in light grey, and they turned out literally perfect lol), and then maybe White/Grey or White/Black for a set of Custom Power Cables (one for monitor, one for PC; the kind with the funky connectors, that I can't recall the names of, but what everyone uses on here; specifically, I found some with black/tinted exterior and white plastic internals that would work perfectly).

I've done external cable sleeving before, quite a bit actually, for all my audio equipment, but for all those I've used EMF/RFI shielded metallic sleeving, Kevlar/Aramid sleeving, and similar FUNCTIONAL sleeving without much care for aesthetics (it is for protection), all of which I got from WireCare. I am assuming that using MDPC-X or equivalent is a better choice than paracord for external cables? Or would using some of the Tech-Flex high-density stuff be even better?
Basically, I want it to look good, but if I can get some extra protection (physical and/or EMI/RFI) as well, that's just icing. Although, I guess I COULD double-sleeve some of the wires with EMI/RFI Shielded cable wrap as the "base" and the colored ("pretty") sleeve as the top layer...?

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Thanks to Frank for his cable stitching tuts on youtube.


Be warned, the x-series PSUs are not easy to stitch.
    
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