DIY custom sleeving

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  1. rubricae

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    Hey guys, currently looking into getting my own gear to custom sleeve PSU various other cables with paracord.

    In terms of crimps, is there a specific size that I need for ATX/EPS/PCIE etc pins, where can I get em and else do I need?

    Currently sourcing parts of Aliexpress as I'd guess that's the cheapest place to get most stuff for what I assume would be identical to specific 'mod' sites.


    Another tips would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    ATX/EPS, PCI-E and SATA/Molex are generally either 16awg or 18awg (16 on higher end/higher capacity units). Fans i believe are 20 or 22 with 26 for the really thin front panel.

    Pin remover tools might come in handy as well if you are doing a lot of wires.
     
  3. AllezAllez

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    You'll need:

    ATX pins: I use these as the quality is good and they're "local". Singularity computers
    Pin remover: I use the Lamptron one because the tips are replaceable.
    Molex crimping tool: Engineer is a good brand. Get model PA-21
    Lots and lots of heat shrink: Get much more than you think you need. Either to have as spare or to aid in doing the heat shrink sleeving method.
    Some sort of lighter: I use a mini butane torch as the heat is easier to direct

    Nice to have would be a couple of spare connectors for anything you're doing. 24pin, EPS etc. You're bound to get a pin stuck in the connector at some point and fishing them out without the wire is a PITA. Having a spare means a quick swap - your hands will thank you for spending that $1 on an extra connector.
     
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    If you're interested in purchasing a bulk lot of connectors/pins let me know. I believe I have a spare Molex crimping tool as well.
     
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    Cheers guys, Bought a bunch of connectors and paracord off aliexpress now, still trying to source a molex crimp that isn't priced insanely high.

    Might be interested in some extra pins and the molex crimp - PM me?
     
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    Cheers guys - though honestly not a fan of more plastic-looking sleeving, which is why I love paracord as it's more a textile finish.



    Also damn crimps are bloody expensive haha.
     
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    Nylon monofilament sleeving also give off a high quality finish.
     
  10. cesario

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    Im the same, I much prefer the paracord look, i got mine from camscords.com.au which have a crazy variety, good prices and quick delivery (either look at 550 or 3-4mm i found works well). I think i paid $22 for my crimps on ebay (HT-255D) and they are awesome and perform perfect crimps every time (apart from user error :p ), great for a hobbyist like myself.
     
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    Cheers for the link - ordered soley through aliexpress so far and as nice as the prices are, waiting 6 weeks for something to arrive can kinda kill motivation. Aprox how long does camscords take to deliver for you on average?
     
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    yeh, i hate waiting for stuff to arrive as I will often buy on impulse and if it doesnt arrive before the impulse drive dies stuff just ends up in the garage lol
    I believe cams cords are Bris based and im in Syd, normally 1-2 days to get to me, iv done about 7-8 orders so far and will be more in the future, iv actually gone a little para crazy and sleeved my powerboard/ext cable, network cables and some random peripherals for my setup too
     
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    I can definitely see myself doing the same ahahah. What diameter paracord do you need to be able to sleeve standard mains cables or ethernet/cat6?

    Managed to grab exactly that one second hand but unused from a bloke on another site for $50 - probably same price or close to that with shipping. Works consistently leaving strong crimps.
     
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    Not sure if its just me but I find that paracord attracts Dust more than standard sleeving, that and its harder to install.
     
  16. cesario

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    Been using paracord for 5-6 years now, no complaints from my end. It's a user preference thing not a 'which is better' thing
     

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