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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:05 PM

Hey all!

Stay tuned as I have a lot I would like to share, tips and guides for cable sleeving, and I'll keep this thread updated. I'll also be happy to help anyone interested :D

Tools I used are:
Scissors - for cutting paracord and insulation tape
Paracord - very cheap and accessible sleeving material
Cheapo Lighter - to melt the paracord over the pin
Insulation tape - to cover the pins so you can thread them
Pin Remover - A random hair pin I found at home, which I hammered flat a bit and then filed down to fit.
Stanley knife - just used to cut the OEM heatshrink off.

The "pin remover" I used probably isn't ideal, but did the job fine for me. Alternatives are staples or one of these which supposedly aren't great: http://techworld.co....or-p-47079.html

Paracord
The blue paracord I used is from here: http://www.amazon.co...d_sim_sbs_sg_25 and shipped from China in under two weeks. There are hundreds of places on Amazon, Trademe and Ebay that have the same stuff, but I wouldn't count on quality, or if they will ship here.
The grey paracord I bought is from Techworld: http://techworld.co....-1_375_378.html
Techworld also have the tools and connectors you might need for any other style of sleeving, just look under Cooling > Modding
All the sleeving tools, sleeving and connectors on Techworld are from Lutro0 Customs which is run by an experienced modder/cable sleever. He also has a ton of useful video guides on YouTube, which will give you all the info you need to start your own project!

Tips and Tricks
Although there is an endless amount of tutorials out there on YouTube, there are always things people miss out.

The method I used for sleeving my cables was "heatshrinkless" and so I just melted the paracord straight over the ends of the pin, rather than using heatshrink. LutroO has a guide for this, so I'll leave him to that, but be warned; your fingertips will be burnt and cut up quite a bit if you choose this style. I think it looks better, and is cheaper than buying a ton of heatshrink anyway, but it's always up to you.

As you can see above, I have used a piece of string (paracord core) to mark where the wire I was sleeving goes. Just an idea, but some cables have no empty slots, (eg. 8pin on my PSU) so you won't need to, as long as you only work on one wire at a time.

Other Options
Several stores in NZ stock sleeved cable extensions, but these won't run all the way to your power supply, and add to the amount of cabling you have to deal with in your case, and also don't come cheap. If your want a bit of a cleaner or more color coordinated look, but don't want to spend so much time on sleeving individual cables, it could be an option though: http://www.playtech....ly_cabling.html
http://techworld.co....-c-1_52_53.html

Another very popular choice, is using MDPC sleeving. A lot more expensive, but supposedly much better looking than paracord. Personally I disagree on looks, and paracord also has a much greater colour range at this time, but I want to show you guys all the options.

Here are a few images outlining how I sleeved my ATX connectors, 24 pin and 8 pins.

The first image shows the hair pin I used, pushed into the 8 pin power supply connector. For these photos I'm using a 6 pin cable I have no use for.
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Next you can see all the tools and the pin removed.
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My Cable Sleeving

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OK, I'll leave these photos in the original post, but will update them soon. Pictures are terrible from my phone, but when I get my new cooler I'll use a better camera :P

Also, this will solve everything:
http://www.overclock...s#post_17349248

and more:
http://www.overclock...sleeving-review
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:36 PM

Aw man that looks tight. You gonna do the front panel connections? My new gear will arrive today so I will order some sleeving. I got a Ghost too ^_^
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:38 PM

Nice work mate, I'm rather tempted to have a go at sleeving... Just don't have that much free time to do so though :/

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

Do it! You only have to do a couple of cables a night and you'll have a PSU done in a few weeks.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:21 PM

I did the last PCIe 8-pin in about half an hour/45 mins. Not all that time consuming once you get the hang of it. I'll outline what you'll need to buy, where from and all that a bit later this afternoon when I have more free time :)

Aw man that looks tight. You gonna do the front panel connections? My new gear will arrive today so I will order some sleeving. I got a Ghost too ^_^


Can't wait to see what you do with it :D

Wait, what new gear? Are you going ahead with one of your planned builds?

I'll probably do them this weekend, but gotta do SATA power first, which I'll have to use heatshrink for, so bought some with my order from Techworld last night.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 02:59 PM

Yeah it'd be sweet if you added your recommended tools to the OP :)
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:55 PM

My new gear will arrive today so I will order some sleeving.

Wait, what new gear? Are you going ahead with one of your planned builds?


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

Added a few things, let me guys know what you think please? :)

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 05:07 PM

Looks good! Is that Sky Blue rather than Blue?

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:55 PM

Looks good! Is that Sky Blue rather than Blue?


Yup, I quite liked the colour, but didn't show up that great in the photos
Didn't realise you had edited the post sorry

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:17 AM

Yeah, it does look quite good, especially along with the greys.
No problem – I'm just considering my options right now...

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

So, these goodies from Techworld showed up today :D The question is now: which fans should I use for the heatsink and which would be better as case fans...?

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:26 PM

Apaches on the heatsink, Spire fan in the bin ^_^

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:28 PM

Apaches on the heatsink, Spire fan in the bin ^_^

You're convinced they're that bad?

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:34 PM

Also my mate has some Antec Formula 6. Think that'll be much nicer thermal paste?

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:43 PM

It's probably better than whatever it comes with.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:47 PM

You're convinced they're that bad?


Haha nah they could be really good for all I know. Give them a try :)

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:49 PM

OK well I'll use the Antec formula 6 and spire fans, push them a bit and see what I get, then the Apaches.

BUT. I don't think I have a second 4 pin mobo connector.......
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:00 PM

It should still work fine, you just won't get PWM functionality.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:01 PM

Yeah, might look at getting a splitter or something at some point, because I think it will probably be quite a while before I can get a new motherboard :L

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:06 PM

OK well I'll use the Antec formula 6 and spire fans, push them a bit and see what I get, then the Apaches.

That's the way to do it – we get to see how good the stock fans are, as well as how good the heatsink is.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:40 PM

Just ordered some sleeving :D

-25' Dark Grey
-50' Grey
-50' Black
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:11 PM

Well, apparently I'm getting 8 or 9 degrees Celsius with only one fan running intake/pull, and the other plugged into the SYS_FAN port which appears to do nothing but randomly spin once every now and then... ooh hang on, 11 degrees now it's been on a while. Also running 3.5GHz up from 3.3, but I did that with stock cooler fine

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:43 PM

Sounds like a pathetic temperature sensor at low temperatures, as is typical for AMD CPUs...

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:52 PM

Sounds like a pathetic temperature sensor at low temperatures, as is typical for AMD CPUs...


Damn, sounds believable... oh well might as well try push it now anyway. Using a molex to fan adapter thingy so one of the fans is running maxed I think. Gunna see what temps I get at higher clocks

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:12 PM

Yeah, it'll be more accurate at higher temperatures – that is where they calibrate for.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:00 PM

Hey guys, just thought I'd try my luck here.
Does anyone have a Molex extractor tool I could borrow for a few days if I decide to sleeve a few wires on my PSU?
Techworld doesn't have them in stock and I'm not too keen on buying one if I'm only going to sleeve 8-10 wires...
I've tried using home made ones in the past and things turned... not good, hence why I'm after the real thing briefly.
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:10 PM

Hmm would love to help but I don't have one sorry. Best of luck finding one :)

What home made tools have you tried? As mentioned above, I found that hair pins worked and I believe they are stronger/less brittle than paper clips to flatten into shape.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

I've used staples. I found a guide on youtube to fix up my CPU cable, things didn't go my way and I ended up butchering it. Had to buy a spare cable from someone else...

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:44 PM

Yikes.. well if need be there is always the option of crimping your own wires too.
I actually have no idea who else on this forum has done any custom sleeving, except Josh, so this thread was partially to get people to try it and post pics of what they've got :)

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