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I want something "productive" to do. Something that will give me a sense of accomplisment I'm planning to order 2 packs of Black MDPC heatshrink, and pack of white and black MDPC Small sleeving. I want to sleeve Half of my 24 Pin, my 4 pin ATX extension and my 2 PCI-e power cables. Would this be enough sleeving? If I calculated it correctly it should be plenty with lot's left over for fans and such.

Also, Does anybody have a recommendation on a Pin Extractor for the 24 pin cables? I don't want to spend 22 bucks on the Molex Brand one, and I saw a few others, but some say they break really easily.

Thanks!
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Early bump? I'd rather buy this now before I go to sleep, or I might second guess myself tomorrow when I'm rested and awake
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I want something "productive" to do. Something that will give me a sense of accomplisment I'm planning to order 2 packs of Black MDPC heatshrink, and pack of white and black MDPC Small sleeving. I want to sleeve Half of my 24 Pin, my 4 pin ATX extension and my 2 PCI-e power cables. Would this be enough sleeving? If I calculated it correctly it should be plenty with lot's left over for fans and such.

Also, Does anybody have a recommendation on a Pin Extractor for the 24 pin cables? I don't want to spend 22 bucks on the Molex Brand one, and I saw a few others, but some say they break really easily.

Thanks!
First you can only bump your threads once every 24 hours.

Second, the easiest way to find out how much sleeving you'll need is to just measure out your wires. That will tell you the exact number that you need vs the number you specified above that you'll order and you can see how far that will take you.

The easiest way that I've found to remove the ATX pins is to just get a paper clip and break/cut it in half. Take a hammer and pound one end of each of the two paper clips down until it's flat. Then file it down a bit to keep it nice and flat. Insert one paper clip into one end of the ATX pin and then insert the other paper clip into the other end of the pin and then pull out. Works perfectly for me and I have an ATX extractor from Sunbeam. It works okay but it's just a tad too thick so you really have to force it in and then there's the wiggling of the wire in the back of the pin to try and get enough room to actually get that one other side of the tool in place. The paper clip method just avoids that hassle.

One more thing. If you still have a warranty left on your PSU, keep in mind that removing the connectors to sleeve the PSU voids OCZ's warranty.

Edit:

Forgot...the amount of heat shrink you'll need to sleeving is normally 1:10 so for every 10 (insert unit of measurement) of sleeving you buy, you'll need 1 of that same unit of measurement of heat shrink tubing.
Edited by KamuiRSX - 1/3/11 at 12:53am
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I bought some of those NZXT sleeved extensions but I have a large case and needed extra long cables anyway.

http://store.nzxt.com/category_s/26.htm
    
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DO IT
Though make sure you get some small heatshrink; alot of cables I tried doing were really small and the heatshrink never stuck, so I zip-tied the ends =D
Though it still looks fine cause you can't see that part....mostly. Don't make that mistake.
And I still have alot of sleeving left over, so you should be good with yours.

I can't comment about the 24-pin thing though, I wouldn't know.
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My question is if you are only going to sleeve half of the psu wires why risk dumping your warranty. You would be better off getting a 12'' 24 pin extension and sleeving that instead.

Modding tools for the connectors that I use. I know a lot of people say they break really easy, but I have used this set for a couple of PSU's and at least a dozen 6 and 8 pin extensions over a 2 yr period. It's just like any tool, if you use it properly and engage your brain it will last a long time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eam-_-99884001
    
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Definitely sleeve your cables it will look very slick and as far as a extractor kit heres the same one I have.

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post #8 of 12
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Soooo Tempted! Thanks for your input guys. I'll probably buy the sleeving now, and if the paperclip thing doesn't work, I'll buy the PSU Modding kit. As for the warranty, this was a 40 dollar PSU so If it does happen to die, I'll probably just upgrade.

Thanks everybody!
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sleeving makes a huge aesthetic difference imo, definitely go for it
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I did it! Sleeving is ordered! Thanks again everybody.
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