Stupid cables…

Since I had to take apart my computer again today to swap the 450w SFX power supply back in, I remembered to take pictures of the custom power cables I made.

Instead of cutting up the original cables (or going the full custom/from scratch route) I bought the Silverstone PP05-E flexible/short cable set and used the following:

  • 1 x 20+4pin ATX connector (350mm)
  • 1 x EPS/ATX12V 8pin(4+4) connector (350mm)
  • 1 x two (2) SATA 90˚connectors (350+50mm)
  • 1 x three (3) SATA 180˚ +1 x Slimline SATA connectors (300+150+150+150mm)

The 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS cables were both fine as is with a little bending and tucking them out of the way of the NF-F12/”pull” fan. The SATA/peripheral cables though were a nightmare.

I took one cable and cut it down to a 2x SATA, around 90mm in length. This runs straight from the PSU to my two SSD’s, which are stuck together with double sided tape 😦

The second cable I cut off two of the full-size SATA connectors, and spliced the slimline connector straight into the PSU end.

One tip for anyone looking to crimp two wires into the same Female ATX terminal, buy terminals one size larger than your wire, e.g. for dual 18AWG, buy 16AWG terminals like these: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0039000090/WM3115-ND/1643445

And of course I’ll likely need to shorten the PCIE cables too, but there’s no real point in starting that until I actually have a GPU.

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