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    Motherboard header connectors: Where do you get them?

    I am wiring a bunch of jumpers and switches to the back panel of my ampie case and am trying to find where a good place is to buy a handful of the plastic connectors that attach to the motherboard header pins. I would also need the crimp/solder pins that are placed (housed) inside these connectors. I have found some 2-pin fan-type connectors but they are too big and only good for fan header-type connections.
    This is what I have found:

    and this is what I want:

    or like the 2-pin connector in the center of this picture:

    I have found pre-made, 2-wire connections like this but they are charging like $5 for it. I just want to make my own cables but am having a tough time finding a good source.

    Thanks.

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    There is a store local to me: Altex Electronics. They have all that sorts of stuff.
    For online, there is Mouser and Digikey. For local, I suggest a locally-owned electronics shop.
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    Some of the items you need can be bought from http://www.frontx.com/ I have used them before and never had a problem with them. Not local but atleast ships for free.
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    I use these connectors quite often, they're moderately cheap (about 50 cents per 2-pin connector, including housing and pins) - but you do (sort of) need the crimping tool, which is about $11. You can crimp with pliers if you want to save money, but I think it's worth getting the right tool if you're going to be doing very many.

    I bought all mine at Jameco - here's links to the catalog pages:
    http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/catalogs/c253/P121.pdf (sockets, crimp pins)
    http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/catalogs/c253/P242.pdf (crimping tool)
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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    Quote Originally Posted by xraycat View Post
    I am wiring a bunch of jumpers and switches to the back panel of my ampie case and am trying to find where a good place is to buy a handful of the plastic connectors that attach to the motherboard header pins. I would also need the crimp/solder pins that are placed (housed) inside these connectors. I have found some 2-pin fan-type connectors but they are too big and only good for fan header-type connections.
    This is what I have found:

    and this is what I want:

    or like the 2-pin connector in the center of this picture:

    I have found pre-made, 2-wire connections like this but they are charging like $5 for it. I just want to make my own cables but am having a tough time finding a good source.

    Thanks.
    Look for a local electronics supplier or surplus place. I bought mine at Ax-Man in St.Paul MN for like .25 a peice. They were all 2 pin, with the pins already crimped in place so no need for the crimper.
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    Try a local computer shop tossing out old PC cases, that is how I got mine. Ripped em out of older PC cases.

    Rc

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