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Braiding PSU cables - Query?

Discussion in 'Power Supplies' started by Space Monkey, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Space Monkey

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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of buying some custom braided PSU extentions, but it's also occurred to me that I could also sleeve my own PSU cables, the thing is, I have a BeQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 1000w that has a fixed 24pin cable (the rest are modular), so I was thinking that I could braid just half of the cables, so inside the main part of my PC would look braided but when it gets into the rear of the case the braiding would terminate about half way (the rear of the case is enclosed and not view-able) so this wouldn't be a problem from an aesthetics point of view.

    My main query is, is this possible, any foreseeable problems? I would just use heat shrink at the halfway point to stop the braid from coming loose?

    Has anyone done something similar? Would you do it again?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback :)
     
  2. clone

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    Why not just buy extension's it may work out cheaper.
     
  3. Space Monkey

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    I'm currently looking at them as well, but initially I wanted a custom colour setup, but think it'll be quicker to get a set?
     
  4. clone

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    There are a few places that will do custom colours and are not to pricey.
     
  5. Space Monkey

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    I'll have a look, thanks :)
     
  6. kul1

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    our PRO Extension kits will be next week in stock at OCUK - which color theme does your rig have?
     
  7. Space Monkey

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    Red, White & Black/Grey (motherboard).

    I did enquire about these, I'm yo-yo'ing between these or going full on custom?
     
  8. Space Monkey

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    Has anyone used MDPC braiding to sleeve 4 pin PWM fan cables? Will one sleeve cover all 4 wires or do you braid them individually?
     
  9. Smffy

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    One will cover all (4mm) or split in pairs is probably visually good.
     
  10. Space Monkey

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    Thanks mate, appreciate the info :)
     
  11. Smffy

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    To be fair i'm switching to paracord, just made up a load to test for my new build and its so much nicer. Plus it comes in more sizes, colours... oh and its £7 for 31 meters.
     
  12. Space Monkey

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    What makes you say it's nicer? Genuinely curious? :)
     
  13. Smffy

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    I dislike the plastic shiny look, Matt black looks lovely and you can make it fit super snug. When you bend it it holds position with the wire unlike mega plastic spring MDPC.

    If you pop on the rainforest you will find some Wild Elk 550 paracord for £5 per 50ft or 7.95 for 100ft if you fancy checking it out! Pretty straightforward to work with, pull out white strands and same as plastic sleeve, you can smooth it down the wire and get a really nice finish.

    So yeah I bought that to test and ordered more now, vs £1.20 a meter or so it’s dirt cheap to do all your cables.
     
  14. Space Monkey

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    Interesting, I'll take a look :)
     
  15. Smffy

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    Enjoy, you want 4mm for 18AWG wire but it fits so snug if you run it through your hand when sleeving I’ve ordered 3mm combs (diameter sleeved is a tad over 3mm so we see).