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Old 04-12-12, 09:28 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Custom PSU Cables


i have all new parts for my 2012 build. it is now time to mount my hardware and run my cables as cleanly as possible. i need to order some sleeving from Nils over at MDPC-X, but first i want to make PSU cables to the exact length that my cable management route desires. what do you guys recommend i start with?
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What power supply do you have and what are you looking to do, exactly?

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Old 04-12-12, 11:13 PM Thread Starter   #3
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What power supply do you have and what are you looking to do, exactly?
i have a Corsair HX750W fully modular power supply. what i want to do is remove the terminals from the terminal housings on the connectors needed for my components. then i want to replace the stock cables with black 18 awg wire. crimp new terminals on and connect then into the terminal housings. i mainly want to do this so that i can achieve cable management and a sleek clean interior and back panel like the photo shown in the link below.

http://www.million-dollar-pc.com/systems-2011/murderbox-mk2/murderbox-mk2.htm

i am aiming for my wires like Nils and i want the panel behind the motherboard to look similar to that as well..
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I've been doing that for years with Corsair power supplies, it is easy. What do you need helping finding? Tools? Parts?

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http://thideras.com/images/projects/...-27-2011_1.JPG
http://thideras.com/images/projects/...-27-2011_5.JPG (you can see the PSU connectors on the left)
http://thideras.com/images/projects/...ntroller_3.JPG (fan controller plugs directly into the PSU)

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Old 04-13-12, 12:57 AM Thread Starter   #5
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if you can just point me where to get the right gauge wire and the correct terminals for the 24 pin, 8 pin, at least 2x6 pin, and five SATA power. what tools are going to be needed to make my own custom cables for each of the connectors above?
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Old 04-13-12, 09:07 AM Thread Starter   #7
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that's a great start thanks ! if i use 18 awg wire for the SATA female power connector is it going to work ok? it seems to me that SATA power connectors are usually smaller gauged wires..
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It shouldn't have an issue, unless you are trying to mash two wires in it -- in which case it wouldn't work. For low-draw devices, I use 20-22 AWG wire.

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Old 04-13-12, 09:47 AM Thread Starter   #9
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so optical drives and hard drives 20-22 awg everything else 18 awg should work golden yeah
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That is what I do.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Old 04-13-12, 11:17 AM Thread Starter   #11
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thanked ! i will get those supplies ordered tonight. thanks for getting me pointed in the right direction thideras.

i will be sure and update as i get supplies.

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Old 04-14-12, 08:45 PM Thread Starter   #12
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there shouldn't be a need for the molex pin extractor if i don't have any components using molex. the ATX pin extractor should do my SATA pins also right? that's what i understood in the description.

also, the modular connectors that go into the PSU are blue. i am trying to stick to black and red, so would a can of black spray paint do the trick ok?

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Old 04-15-12, 01:43 AM Thread Starter   #13
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so today i pulled out my case and planned my cable routes and roughly estimated the length of cables. this is what i came up with:

ATX 24 Pin Cables: 624 in.
8 Pin: 208 in.
2x6 Pin: 360 in.
SATA female power connectors: 750 in.

I/O Front Panel:

Power & Reset Cables: 2x37 in.
Activity & Power Cables: 2x38 in.
Front Panel USB: 38 in.
Front Panel E-SATA: 38 in.
Front Panel SATA: 27 in.
I/O Molex cables: 4x27 in.
Front Panel Audio: 37 in.
Fans: 5x12 in.
SATA Data Cables: 5x20 in.

i am sleeving everything. i want it to look as close to a million-dollar-pc as possible. total it came out to be like 63.5 meters. Nils is going to be busy for a while .

what do you guys think?

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To extract SATA pins, you use a small flatblade screwdriver. For the paint, can you get one that will handle the abuse of being plugged in? I could see normal paint cracking very easily.

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Old 04-15-12, 02:09 PM Thread Starter   #15
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the modular end of the power supply are just 8 & 6 pin connectors anyways right..i could just buy some black 8 & 6 pin connectors for the modular end of the PSU.

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It should work, but it might be keyed differently.

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Old 04-15-12, 03:44 PM Thread Starter   #17
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looks to be the same. also, do 90 SATA pass through and end connectors need pins, or do they have them built in?

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They are usually punch down, which means the pins are included and installed. You push the wire into metal that cuts through the insulation, then a cap goes over the top to prevent shorting.

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Old 04-15-12, 04:06 PM Thread Starter   #19
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They are usually punch down, which means the pins are included and installed. You push the wire into metal that cuts through the insulation, then a cap goes over the top to prevent shorting.
easy enough. thanks

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Old 05-03-12, 08:10 PM Thread Starter   #20
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trying to crimp my ATX pins. this (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007JLN93S/ref=redir_mdp_mobile) tool is making a great crimp, but it doesn't hold good enough. the pin is easily pulled off of the wire. i am using 18 AWG wire. anyone help me
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