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Old 10-01-11, 06:19 PM
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if you got 2 470's for 300 quid then thats a steal mate and is more that powerfull for any game at any res fella

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Old 10-01-11, 06:24 PM
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Got the mobo and both 470's for £500. Sold my old case for £700 so £200 profit and an upgrade to boot .
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Old 10-01-11, 06:47 PM
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nice man well worth it what with the effort and time fella
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Old 10-01-11, 07:13 PM
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What brand 470's did you get? Asus for the carbon look on the heatsink?
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Old 10-01-11, 08:13 PM
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Glad we agree on the red/black theme though and don't worry - the cards will match the build I assure you m8 .
U sir have an absolutely devious mind makes me wonder what your gonna do to those poor cards. Just kiddin, great work so far hope to see more pics.
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Old 30-01-11, 09:40 PM
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And so it begins....

First off I had to strip down the PSU ready for braiding.

Here's a quick reminder of the PSU as it looked:



Looked great in my Angel build but hardly becomming of something a little more devilish so time for a complete colour change.



I'm no electrician but it goes without saying that you should not do this while it's plugged in. The coils/capacitors can also harbour some residual current after switching off too so be careful if you intend on doing this.

It helps to take photos of the internals for an aide memoire when putting it all back together:



Perhaps the most difficult thing when stripping down the psu was removing the on/off switches and power socket:



With those removed the rest was pretty much plain sailing and self explanitory, right down to the bare psu itself:



...and the psu frame which needs a spruce up:



next up pt.2
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Old 30-01-11, 09:40 PM
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So with the psu now stripped down it was time to kiss my fingers goodbye. I thought I'd do a mini guide to braiding but there are more comprehensive ones on the net if you wanna search around.

The braiding I have gone for is red and black to match the theme. I was undecided over the red and black mix braid you can get but I think that looks a bit dull and much prefer the brighter, separate colours:



First step really was the strip all the old braid off. This was actually quite painfull considering the amount of time it took to do the first time around...knowing I got it all to do again lol.



I must have tried every tool going to remove female pins from PCIe/24 pin ATX. Most snapped after a few uses but the good 'ol cork pins are by far the best tool I have used for this. Just slide it down one edge of the pluf, then the other and a gentle tug frees the cable



Same for the 24 pin



1 word of warning before you go stripping yours down, make sure you number your cables.



There are pin out guides on the net which can also be used but I find this just as easy and less confusing as you put the cables back.



Another problem I encountered with this psu was that not all of the cables were single. Alot of them were spliced so the braid could not be done singulary all the was to the psu. Not to worry though because I doubt the hole in the psu would take all of the cables when braided anyway.



Here's the solution I used:



Still very neat and tidy and won't look like a rats nest coming out of the PSU

When cutting the braid melt the frayed ends so they don't...er....fray!





Don't forget to re-lift the metal slithers up as the cable won't latch into the plug.

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Old 30-01-11, 09:41 PM
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You can get heatshrink in different shrink ratios. I chose 3:1 as that gives a good tight fit without too much 'shrinkage', if that makes sense. You can also get it with adhesive on the inside which provides fantastic grip to the braid/cable. The last heatshrink I used was not adhesive and while it gave a tight fit, it lost it's grip when bent, resulting in the braid coming loose.

To get an even measure on the braid I used a custom measuring tool...a spare watercooling barb



The 'measured' heatshrink tubes were then cut again in half for the 24 pin.



Keeping everything neat and tidy speeds thinks up when braiding and after a while it becomes pretty much like an assembly line allowing you to braid methodically rather than stopping and starting all the time to use different tools.

Here's a shot of the heatshrink while still maleable after heating up with a hairdryer. You can use a heatgun but a decent hairdryer is just as effective on full heat:



8pin ATX:



Because my case is large and the PSU being at the top of the case I extended the PCIe cables by 50cm, easy enough to do and looks neater than using some of the pre-braided cable extensions available.



All done.



Rinse and repeat for the 24pin:



Next up PSU frame mod...
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Old 30-01-11, 09:42 PM
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Remember the white frame? Sanded down, primed and then sprayed black:



Carbonised



I decided to keep the revolution 'arrows, if somewhat a little more descreet than stock :







Thats the psu done with now. I just have to sleeve all the modular cables but that can wait till I get some feeling back into my finger tips!





Hope you like. I'm rather chuffed with how it's turned out and matches my build a treat.
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Old 30-01-11, 10:39 PM
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