Tools and equipment
You will need the following tools to be able to make your own custom sleeved cables, including making the cables from scratch. This allows you to produce custom length and custom sleeved cables. Most tools and items will be linked to where I got them from. The left list is mandatory and the right list is optional.
|ATX Female / Male pins||DPC-X pin extractor|
|Heatshrink||Wire (16Awg / 18Awg)|
|PET / Paracord Sleeving||Cutters|
|Lighter / Heat gun||Tape measure|
Measuring and Cutting the wire (optional)
If you are NOT making your own cables and instead want to sleeve your PSU cables then skip this step. If however, you want custom length cables to help improve cable management and neatness of your case then continue with this section.
Custom Wire Step 1
To begin you will first have to measure the length of cable you want going from your PSU to the endpoint such as PCI-E or CPU. It is best to physically trace the route you want to take so you have the correct length at the time of cutting. It is important to note that cutting too short will cause you to redo that wire, whereas cutting it too long you are able to shorten it. In this example, I am making a small wire at 9CM long for demonstration purposes.
Measure and cut the required amount of wires needed for the component you are doing. For example, if you are doing 2 PCI-E cables (1x 8 pin & 1x 6pin) you will only need 14 wires.
Custom Wire Step 2
After cutting all the wires to the length desired it is time to strip the ends, the simplest and easiest way to find out how much you need to strip off is to align the wire in the pin itself.
You will notice the pin has 2 sets of wings. The tall wings at the back are going to grip onto the wire and the wings in the middle are going to grip onto the core. Mark in between both sets of wings and strip up to that mark, this will ensure the correct length needed.
After stripping the wire you should have something like this. If you are still unsure if that’s too much or too little, simply put it into the pin. You should end up with something like below. If you do, great! If you don’t, you will have to cut off a little bit off the core which will mess up your measurements if you cut off too much.
I recommend stripping all of the wires as it will speed up the process. You are now ready to begin crimping.
Custom Wire Step 3
Finally, it is time to crimp the pin onto the wire. To do this first place the pin into the crimping tool like so. You will notice that there are 2 notches in the crimp tool. Place the pin so the big wings are in the deeper part and the small wings are on the small notch.
Once you have it in place squeeze the tool till you hear 1 click. DON’T squeeze too hard else you will go to 2 clicks. Now you should end up with something like this.
Likewise, it is important to get the two little wings out of the crimper. If you flatten these you will have to change the pin as they help direct it into the socket. Next push the wire through the back and make sure the core of the wire sits in the front wings.
Lastly, if you are confident enough squeeze the handles together. You should now have a crimped wire.
Do the same with the other side but flip the pin so they are not in line with each other. If you don’t understand see below before proceeding.
Measuring and cutting the sleeving
In this example, I will be using MDPC-X Purple and white sleeving bought from PexonPC. It is important to have ordered excess sleeving in case you make a mistake. I learned the hard way and had to order more.
Custom Sleeve Step 1
First is to measure and cut the right length of sleeving, I found it best to pinch the end of the wire against the sleeving. However DON’T stretch the sleeving else you will end up cutting it to short.
Once you cut the PET sleeving it is best to burn the end to stop fraying which could ruin the sleeving quality. To do this simply put the flame up against the sleeve until it starts to melt. Then feather it into a small hole to help keep its shape. See below for an example.
Custom Sleeve step 2
Once you have cut all the sleeving to length you will need to have to feed the wire through it. This can be tricky at first but you have to use the push-pull method. once the cable is through, put some heat-shrink on the end and align the sleeving with the first set of metal wings. See below for an example.
You can see the heat-shrink is just over the wings and the sleeving is just on the wings. This is important as when you melt the end it will make a strong bond and help stop the pin from being pulled off. Once done remove the heat-shrink but make sure the sleeving has melted enough so give it a slight tug. If it slides down then melt it more. The heat-shrink acts as a shield in a way.
The finished look of the cables I made. I sleeved the CPU cables and the PCI-E cables. It looks a lot cleaner and more unique then the basic cable set you to get from the manufacturer.
This is a tutorial on how to sleeve and make cables not how to set them up correctly with the PSU. As each power supply has a different pinout it is best to make note of which pin belongs where. WGN takes no responsibility for any damage you may cause to your system.