I've often thought of customizing cable lengths when building PCs, simply because you can negate the need to bundle excess cabling when routing it, but was always hindered by my inability to find the necessary crimp-on connectors for the ends of the wires. Thanks to the "Hardware Hacks" story in the July issue, I now know about www.digikey.com
, and have even ordered (and received) their print catalog. The problem, as I'm sure any average commoner who's attempted to locate connectors in their online or print catalog can attest to, is that there's simply too much stock, too many measurements, too many types of plating, etc., for the common system builder to be able to figure out exactly which connectors he needs.
Well, now I'm building a SFF system, in a SilverStone SG01-BW case, with an OCZ EVOStream 720 PSU. There is absolutely no convenient way that I'm going to be able to fit these unmodified power cables in the case without it looking like a mess, so now, I'm going to HAVE to shorten them. While I'm at it, I figure I might as well shorten the wiring for the front panel connectors. However, I have no idea which contacts fit the 4-, 6-, 8-, and 24-pin power plugs, nor the front panel connections' plugs. (Fortunately, I WAS able to locate the correct contacts for the 4-pin Molex plugs.)
So, I'm wondering if anyone reading this may be familiar enough with this sort of thing to point me toward the correct contacts for my cable-shortening needs. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide. =)