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Cable Management

Garb3

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#1
well since i just got me new mobo and water cooling installed it though that it was time to try and clean up me cables there are some befores and afters but as u will see i'm working in a limited space so try not to be harsh:)

also soon to come are some red uv reactive fluid, red cold cathodes, 2 blue 120mm fans, 1 blue 80mm fan and a round ide cable

suggestions on lighting and cabling are welcome:D
 

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you read my guide :). Yeah... thats quite good. Thermaltake cases arent that good for cable management though.... Rather than hiding cables behind 3 inch bays, try under the motheboard, keep the cables as flat as possible as well...

In terms of practicality its good but looks wouldnt be good. My rule; stay away from TT unless you want to bust out the dremel or get the Armor/Kandalf.

Heres the guide:

Cable management guide eh?

No, it really depends on your case that you have. Seriously.

-Exploit as much of the situation as possible if you don't want to dremel. Heck I didnt need to pull the dremel out.
-Try to keep the cables in a SAFE position (i.e. as less strain as possible) and not a position which crams them; adapt.
-Dremelling is great, just make sure the cables that are routed through it are as flat as possible if they use sleeving, this will cause less damage to the copper; if they are compressed/strained too much, the pins can and will come out of the connector. -IDE cable folding isnt the only way to get it neat, be creative; SLEEVE them dammit! :laugh:- no really it beats rounded cables
-Stay away from rounded IDE cables if possible; yes they are "better" but not very aerodynamic, if u have a folded IDE cable that is parallel to the airflow, that is folded it creates less drag. Moreover, the wires are under huge amounts of torsion, and cost a fair bit.
-Modular PSUs are not necessarily the neatest, if u can route your spare cables behind the motherboard tray and into some compartment, it will be neater.
-As well as looks try to keep the cables aerodynamic.

Cases best for cable management without dremel:

-Antec P150
-Antec SOLO
-Apex Supercase PC series case (my case… there are different models… my ones the ugly one :( however, it has holes in the mobo tray already so yeah… no case fans though, however its cheap and VERY easy to mod, like all the external panels can be painted by just removeing them… I would go for these if u want to mod like crazy! .8mm SECC is nice too.
-Any case using the same chassis as the Centurion 5, like the Gigabyte Aurora 3D (yes it is, but it is an extended model, like just a stretched one) and Posideon and NZXT Guardian.

For most antec cases, apply this principle:

MS PAINT FTW! Now also, try to use cable ties to keep the cable from falling, the green grid is the side panel. U can sandwich it though without the cable ties.
 

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thanks for the pic but i have done that:D
 

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Not a bad job. I Seriously need to take a look at your guide TK. Is it stickied somewhere? Ill probably have to print it out and work on my system. MY PSU is on the bottom of the case though, thats where the Nine-Hundred has them. While its nice, it kind of hinders me moving my cables out of the way of the side case, side window and the side fan.
 
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If you have 5HDs , 2DVDRWs , 1FDD , 6 Extra USBs , 2 Extra FireWires no matter how good your cable management is the entire tower gets warm.
In this case i see only 1 HD , 1 FDD and 1 DVDRW......Youre lucky :)
 

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Where is this guide tk? I looked for it but didn't find it.