As you dare to see in the previous articles from the cycle of creating a miniature computer, modular power supplies and custom wires to them in such dimensions are simply a must. I admit that in pursuit of aesthetics (corporate identity, all that), I did not pay attention to some details at all, let’s get more details.
Braiding for cables is a great way to diversify the look of your computer, especially when you have a thematic assembly using custom LSS, multi-colored backlighting and a general color palette. Of course, this looks great in massive system units with glass walls, but what can you do in relation to mini-ITX?
The first iteration of switching in my case looked, of course, excellent: the red wires were visually supported by a scarlet leather ribbon on the lid, and a smooth gradient to black was compared to the black base of the PC – case, motherboard, fan, power supply. That is, in terms of design, everything was designed in harmony.
But what about the functionality? This is where certain costs were identified:
The thickness and rigidity of the braided wires, especially the power supply of the ATX motherboard, did not allow to unfold in such a confined space – laying this cable every time became a headache and scratches on the hands.
For the same reason, free air flow was impeded by the dense bundle of cables emanating from the power supply.
The design of the Corsair SF750 power supply connectors is such that the motherboard power pads are located under the sockets for the video card and processor power, and you have to get rid of them in order to place them correctly (they would be blown across the levels, there would be no such madhouse!)
So, on the basis of the above, it was decided to order a new set of wires, and this time to do without braiding, but what does that mean? That’s right, you need to contact my regular (now) custom solutions provider – C-Cables.
So, the new order includes:
8-pin EPS power cord for the processor, 26 cm long;
two 8-pin video card power cables with straight latches 24 cm long;
SATA power cable with one straight connector 15cm long:
as a cherry on top of the cable for the power button and power indicator for the Dupont motherboard.
Without changing his reputation as a quality supplier, Alex assembled a new set based on the red Helukabel AWG 17, and the connectors themselves are from Molex (these are the highest quality switching manufacturers).
A bit of magic C-Cables
I want to reveal a little the secrets of building high-quality C-Cables cables, because much in the assembly process remains behind the scenes, and it is the right tools, high-quality consumables and undoubtedly the master’s golden hands that are the secret of excellent cables!
Only original tools for crimping connectors are used (close-up of Molex crimper)
The 24-pin ATX power cable is gradually assembled from wires. From myself, I note that for the uninitiated person, the Corsair pinout scheme is a little tricky, but is this a problem for professionals?
Personally, I cut the insulation with a knife or teeth, but in the case of C-Cables, this is the Weidmüller Stripax proprietary tool.
The RTX 3080 graphics card will not be left without power, since the PCIe wires are already ready
Assembling the SATA power cable, and here is another crimper, of which Alex has a huge number, for a variety of situations
The use of original tools allows for exceptional reliability of the connections, which favorably distinguishes the C-Cables approach from homebrew cable makers with Chinese imperfections.