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How's the cable management for a noob?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by camoxiong, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. camoxiong

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    The title said it all.

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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    That case doesn't make it easy- you can run your front panel wiring under your 24pin and along the front and bottom edge of the motherboard.... that will help a little ;)
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    Thanks, I'm working this computer at school and my teacher said I have a really nice cable management for a beginner. I'm still in high school and I'm a senior. I am taking a Computer Tech/Networking ROP Class at school. My teacher enter me in a ROP challenge competition.
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    The key thing to think about is "how can I make it look better" and make some small changes here and there.... you will get more into it and your skills will improve the more you work with it.

    Getting ideas by looking at what other have done helps too ;)
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    Ok, thanks. I have had only build 3 computers.
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    This old case lacks any cable management holes. You could use some cable ties to make it look better, since your cables aren't sleeved. But it won't be MUCH better in the end.
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    ok
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    quite good, looking at the case uve got... airflow is not restricted ... and lot of space ...

    but if you wanna make it look good u have to cut out some holes and also get some sleeved extension cables ... but if the case doesnt come with a side window panel then there is no point ...
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    Turn your hard drive around and have it in the drive bay backwards. :) Other than that it looks good for the case used.
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    turning the HDD around would help, you can route the cables from the front, if they're long enough. As for the IDE cable, you can try some origami on it and fold it up and out of the way a bit, but kinda hard to do with that case I guess. Or find some rounded ones, or make them rounded. Split the cable into 4 - 8 sections (very carefully) stack them on top of each other, and wrap in electrical tape or some other tape and some zip ties. http://www.overclock.net/t/5846/round-ide-cable-guide

    as for the case cables, you can have those run along the edge of the motherboard, maybe even tuck it under it. And slack can be hidden above the optical drive bays.

    overall not bad... its pretty hard to manage cables in a case like that.
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    It will cost you many hours (and obscenities when you realize that you forgot to push a wire under the board and now you have to remove the board again) but even with old cases with no provisions for cable management is possible to get good results.


    I went from this:

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    To this:

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    Also, a great source of CM ideas: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48836
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    TRWOV, what's that small black cable going to the PATA cable?
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    A CD-ROM activity sensor
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    Good work, :toast:
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    Thanks to all you guys for giving me advices, this is a school project and was done at school. This is my first time managing cables, so I suck at it. Like Norton said, I'll get better when I can learn more.
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Not to be a dick, But you call that cable management? Looks like your computer sneezed!
    Take some time to think about it, Look for places and ways to hide wires and rout them trough the case.
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    I don't want to argue on the internet, but I'm still a beginner
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    I know you are we all were once. Just keep looking at your case the wires and you will see better ways to do what you are doing. It takes time just don't give up.
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    Thanks, I am looking at cable management cases in this forum and videos on youtube
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Some times it is not going to be avoidable to see wires here and there. Mine is like this, But I keep trying. Some of the guys on here have it down and man there stuff looks so clean it makes me want to take a sledge hammer to mine! But I keep trying. ;)

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    My case much like my system are very old both very old. this is a some what old picture too. I plan to redo this case soon.
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    Yeah, I get that too. Guys in here are pros.
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Yeah there are some real professional case modders and builders here, I am just a noob. :slap:
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    Haha, yeah.
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    What you could do.... is cut cable management wholes and route the cables behind the motherboard Tray. You could then get grommet edging for the sharp edges on the wholes to give it a finished look.
    You didn't do too bad for your first time. Everyone goes through a learning phase with this.
    The other way if you don't want to cut wholes.... is to cable sleeve your power supply. Make the wires uniform and nice looking. If you can't hide them this will help!

    Or just buy a cheap case with cable management wholes in it. They do sell them like this one.....http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/classic_series/beta_evo

    About 30 Bucks but it will allow you to hide everything if your that concerned with it. Nice first job though bud way to go!!! :)

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