Revolution 1050. Sleeving and Destroying Warranty.

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  1. ravencs

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    So you just bought $100+ worth of murdermod sleeving, and don't want to waste it on your beige 500w no brand PSU that costs 1/3 the price?

    Simple answer, go buy the best PSU, an Enermax Revolution.

    Aint she pretty?

    Before we start - My camera is shit, if you have a problem with the quality, please feel free to mail me a new one.

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    Now, to get the above you need, a row of staples, a heat gun, murdermod sleeving.

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    One Psychopack will see the 24 pin, 8 pin, 2 x 4 pin, 2 x 8 pin (GFX) sleeved - as long as you dont waste any.
    i have about 30cm left, you can see im about 40-50cm short with that blasted yellow wire. (i wasted a meter on my htpc weeks ago - bugger)

    Now please find PSU porn below.

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    These are the cables and pretty little casing that comes with the PSU.
    Theres a bucketload in here, want to sleeve em?? buy another psycopack.

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    Now you have seen the above, and marvelled at the sheer quality of the beast, lets start.

    Before we go any further, plug your brand new spanking Enermax into the wall, attach a fan, and turn it on.. Does it work? awesome..

    Now turn it off on the wall, and unplug the power cord from the PSU.
    Don't get scared, it is kinder freaky holding your PSU, fully unplugged, with the fan still spinning and lights flashing - wireless anyone??

    Its supposed to do that.

    Now you know that it works, grab a screw driver.

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    Screw all the little screws out, you can see slight white marks around that screw hole. There goes your warranty. Cradle your PSU and shed a slight tear.

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    Remove the fan grill, fan enclosure, and the outside. place em on a shelf out of the way.
    See the static bag behind the PSU? Put all your screws in that.

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    This is the fan that will get slightly annoying over the next 5-7 hours, its hard wired to the PSU on a short leash and blobs around in your way. Deal with it - the fans bloody nice and quiet! (Don't forget it whirls when theres no power, you will end up turning it on and off just to see it keep whirlling)

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    The above two are what you end up looking at.
    Meh, ignore it and move on to the wires.

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    Start clipping the little zip tires that holds the current sleeving in place.

    My aim was to remove the sleeving, without destroying it. It is rather good quality. So from now on you will see my method of saving all the sleeving - also im a hoarder.

    The below has been started on a a simple 4 pin power cable. I didn't bother to mark them, or anything, its not hard to remember where the wires go, you probably have 100 spare ones lying around to study if you need to recheck.

    How to remove pins:

    1. Straighten a staple with pliers.
    2. *drumroll* Bend it in half - BACKWARDS! - Thats the secret, shows over.

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    Anyway, after you have bent your staple and made sure the ends are the same length.
    Insert it into the pin, make sure it does actually go down the center of each side, and not into a corner, as you will miss the metal clips.

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    Gentle tap into a hard object.

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    The pins then gently pull out - a short tug might be needed.
    Note: If you find yourself having to yank it, your going to snap the cable, or fuck the pins. DON'T DO IT.

    Remove staple and place it on the desk (you are about to knock it off, spend 5 minutes trying to find it, then rebend a new one - fun!)

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    Once the pins are removed, cut off the heatshrink.
    Underneath you find it held in place by some very strong glued thread material. Its harder then you think to get off.
    Quality: +1

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    Once removed you can start pushing up the sleeving.

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    Ditto

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    Place all your pieces and screws etc in the forementioned static bag for future use.

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    Lets start with something simple.
    Grab your fan cable.

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    The average cable requires some sleeving, and 2 bits of heatshrink. if you need anything else you must be doing something wrong.

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    Pull your sleeving into position.

    Simple rules to sleeving, and this will help you to not waste your time, or sleeving materials.
    1. Don't stretch your sleeving, it will simply pull itself out of its heatshrink over time.
    2. Don't waste heatshrink by thinking you need alot on the wire. You only need it to hold the ends of the sleeving intact (5-6mm on the sleeving, 2-3mm on the wire) + it looks better
    3. Don't rely on the heatshrink holding the sleeving in place.
    4. Push your sleeving together, see it bounce back like a spring? Make the sleeving long enough, that the length of the sleeving will help push itself firmly against the plastic pin holder.
    5.DONT STRETCH YOUR SLEEVING

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    Set heat gun to maximum, and do quick flybys with it. it is very easy to melt the sleeving.

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    Now do the other end, please do this with a lighter or a match.
    You really dont want to be blowing 200 Degrees all over your PSU insides with a heatgun.
     
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    Lets start the 24 Pin.

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    Above you see the 24 pin, once i have pulled off the heatshrink and material holding it together.

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    Take a photo of the layout with something in between the wires - this shows you which colours go where, on each side.
    The above photos are priceless - you will end up going back to them time and time again to make sure you have the wires in the right places.

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    take a piece of paper and start writing down wire numbers - i got excited and accidentally went to 25 :)

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    Start popping pins starting from any side you wish (there are numbers writed on the actual top of the plug) I just based my method on the MAIN side being side 1-12, starting from the side with the grooves.

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    Halfway done.

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    And all 24 pins marked.

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    Gently wrap something around the wires, so the markings do not get pulled off ( i used tissue paper because i always have a roll next to my computer... *cough cough*....i have hayfever )

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    Start sliding up the sleeving.

    Unfortunately i did not take a photo of the 24 pin sleeving at the base of the psu. But the thick sleeving, breaks off into 3 smaller sleeves.
    Enermax have done this because they group the wires by where they come from in the PSU - presumably the order in which the wires are attached.

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    As you can see, i picked the closest one, removed the sleeving, and you see the first set.
    This contains all the main black and red wires. (ground and 5v??)

    Note that alot of the wires split into two about 10-15 cm from the PSU outlet. This is the same across all the bundles of wires. Because of this I decided to follow Enermax's build, and keep 3 groups of wires in tight sleeving, that spread into individual strands.

    This means you cant really start from pin 1, unless you want a jungle of wires sticking out.

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    Im stealing a photo from down the line.
    Very Important:
    Before you start sleeving cables, thread your thicker sleeving down, which will eventually cover the cables.
    Zip tie it inside the PSU, and then compack it, and zip tie the top.
    I learnt this the hard way.

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    Start sleeving your cables, they will not be in any precise order.

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    5 Cables sleeved from the first batch of 7.

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    All 7 cables sleeved - Note i do not have the base thicker sleeving in place? 45 minutes of pain.

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    A couple more to go, these are the single multicoloured cables, that strand from various places in the PSU.
    i grouped them all in the last sleeving bundle.

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    Takes a while, but you end up getting them all in.

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    Now, lets start the 8 and 4 pins.
    It starts to get repetative.

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    Pull em out.

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    Mark em up.

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    Sleeve the base.

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    sleeve individual wires.

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    One done.

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    All done.

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    Pretty!

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    4 pin.

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    Starting the GPU wires.

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    Gpu wires nicely packed up.

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    All the wires are now sleeved. Bah threads in the wrong order.. I did the 8 pin last. sigh. But the 8 pin had better pictures for understanding how its done.

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    Get the wires in order, and zip tie them together.

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    Start squeezing the case on, note that it only goes on one way. the above way is incorrect...

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    Screwed up nicely.

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    Bundle of joy.

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    And to my horror you can see im still 40-55cm short of sleeving...

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    Now if you must, test it with a voltmeter first, i was fairly pissed by the end so i decided to plug it in and turn it on and off just to see the fan continue wirelessly.

    No black smoke!

    The End.
     
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  4. The Joe

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    Great stuff! Looking forward to seeing the end product :thumbup:
     
  5. schnappy

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    You mean like in the first picture? :p
     
  6. The Joe

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    Well yeah, I more meant the finished product of the thread :rolleyes:
     
  7. Little Man

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    Like the first picture ?

    wth is a finished product of a thread :confused:
     
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    The whole story unfolding. :)
     
  9. The Joe

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    this ^^^^^^^^
     
  10. schnappy

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    It's a pretty predictable story... especially when you can see the end at the start.
     
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    Kinda looks like a box jelly fish in that first pic. :Paranoid:
     
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    AWESOME guide mate,this is exactly what i needed... cheers :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    how much for you to sleeve mine?
     
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    You need to pull the sleeving tighter, then you won't be able to see the wires underneath through the sleeving so much... Other than that good work.
     
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    Look mad, but I was like wtf at the start, couldn't understand why you were sleeving it till I realised that was the end photo at the start :lol:
    Put the finished picture at the end
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    Looks hot. :thumbup:
     
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    major lulz.
     
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    glad you said it nat , i was going to say his point about not stretching the wires was incorrect and i wasn't even sure he had used MM sleeving as you could see the wires through the sleeving
     
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    Its murdermod sleeving, the camera flash brings out the colours. Holding it in front of me i cant see the colours.

    Stretching the sleeving, as in pulling it so its very taught - makes it pull back on itself, which pulls itself out of the heatshrink or it pulls back on itself overtime, leaving a 1/2 cm gap at one end of the wire.

    Keeping the sleeving its at its normal taughtness is perfectly fine, without the hassles.
     
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    I dunno mate, when I pull my sleeved Seasonic PSU out of my HTPC I'll take a few pics and show you what I mean. If you pull it tight and it falls out of the heat shrink you need to make the heatshrink a little longer :) What is happening is that you're not putting the end which you see (near the plug) far down enough... I'll try to show you what I mean :p
     

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