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Superfly
08-28-05, 10:45 AM
Just from looking at the piccys some of you guys post of your rigs it seems that not many people bother with proper cable managment?

I always spend a few hours with a bunch of cable ties on a new build making sure EVERY cable is totally hidden, does wonders for the air flow inside the case. Perhaps its those of you with water cooling that dont bother?? - guess its not really needed then, still good cable managment makes the inside look so much better if nothing else?

Just wondered what peoples opinion was on this??

:confused:

BrianG
08-28-05, 10:59 AM
Oh yeah!!!

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=13134&stc=1

I use the split tube stuff to clean up the appearance. The tie wraps are all wrapped around the cables the same way and cut with flush cuts to keep from scratching the crap putta myself when moving hardware. I think I went through about 100 tie-wraps and 5' of split tube for this build.

The V1000 Plus does not allow for "hidden" cable routing so I tried to make sure that the routing and the cables themselves did not obstruct airflow. The Asus IDE cables do not fold very well. I need to get some of the clips the pros use.

Superfly
08-28-05, 11:48 AM
nice Brian - if I had a digi camera I'd show you mine (oh er!!!)

glad im not the only one - it makes all the difference IMHO, pro in the extreme

Superfly
08-28-05, 11:49 AM
I wish Alienware would sell there cable Managment system, its faultless but also not available for individual sale :-(

BrianG
08-28-05, 12:24 PM
I wish Alienware would sell there cable Managment system, its faultless but also not available for individual sale :-(
My brother-in-law bought an Alienware. I really was not all that impressed with the cabling inside. They did a nice job with the IDE cables but there were a few power leads just hanging out there...

FraGTastiK
08-28-05, 12:26 PM
very nice indeed,neat and polished just like your 2000///M Coupeu.

cable management helps alot in aircooled systems.I do my best to tuck away cables and wires blocking airflow.

extreme4377
08-28-05, 12:34 PM
I think cable management is very important. It makes your system look professional and complete. It allows for proper airflow while looking great at the same time. A system with messy wires looks unfinished to me. Ive spent countless hours on management of my wires. Ive even cut holes in the mobo tray to allow for better routing. Here are a few pics.

Note: The pictures of my case were taken before I had my (second set of) Z-5500's. Click pictures to enlarge

http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/4703/p81000342ak.th.jpg (http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81000342ak.jpg)http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/8350/p81000410bt.th.jpg (http://img367.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81000410bt.jpg)http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/8462/p81000549vh.th.jpg (http://img384.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81000549vh.jpg)http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/7500/p81000560hc.th.jpg (http://img384.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81000560hc.jpg)http://img384.imageshack.us/img384/2779/p81000795ms.th.jpg (http://img384.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81000795ms.jpg)

And just a few pics of my new Z-5500s. I used 12-gauge wire on the rears and 14 on the front speakers. Again, click to enlarge.
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9246/p81900501hi.th.jpg (http://img163.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81900501hi.jpg)http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/5357/p81900511hh.th.jpg (http://img163.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81900511hh.jpg)http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/6001/p81900642uk.th.jpg (http://img78.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81900642uk.jpg)http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/6131/p81900532mi.th.jpg (http://img163.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81900532mi.jpg)http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2008/p81900559ad.th.jpg (http://img163.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p81900559ad.jpg)

Questions? Comments? BTW, superfly, great thread! Hope I didnt jack it with my 5500's pics

$n][pErMan
08-28-05, 12:49 PM
I ussually just tuck the wires under different parts or make them look organised.. unless im building a system for someone else .. I ussually don't go out of my way to make htings neat. But thats also because im always in my case moving things around so it would not last long anyway :p

BrianG
08-28-05, 12:52 PM
I think cable management is very important. It makes your system look professional and complete. It allows for proper airflow while looking great at the same time. A system with messy wires looks unfinished to me. Ive spent countless hours on management of my wires. Ive even cut holes in the mobo tray to allow for better routing. Here are a few pics.

Note: The pictures of my case were taken before I had my (second set of) Z-5500's.

Questions? Comments? BTW, superfly, great thread! Hope I didnt jack it with my 5500's pics
Clean. Almost boring, heh.

BTW, here is the back/underneath of my desk...

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php? attachmentid=13136&stc=1

Superfly
08-28-05, 01:15 PM
Questions? Comments? BTW, superfly, great thread! Hope I didnt jack it with my 5500's pics

Now thats some serious hardcore cable managment you've got going on there!!

and the piccys were great - im glad you posted them, thanks.

did you have too do much measuring up for the additional holes in the frame? - what about the wires running over the sharp edges of the new cuts??

extreme4377
08-28-05, 07:22 PM
Now thats some serious hardcore cable managment you've got going on there!!

and the piccys were great - im glad you posted them, thanks.

did you have too do much measuring up for the additional holes in the frame? - what about the wires running over the sharp edges of the new cuts??

Thanks. I appreciate the comments and the questions. :)

I actually didnt do any measuring what-so-ever I just had an idea of where I needed to make the cuts and an idea of what wires I was dealing with. I just cut a couple small squares here and there with my handy dremel. Gotta love dremels! As for the sharp edges, I took the "ghetto" approach and just used electrical tape to seal the sharp edges. I of course sanded them down with the dremel but not completely.

I made a small cutout for the front connections(i.e. power switch, lights, reset switch), one small cutout for the 4-pin mobo connector near the CPU area, and one small cutout in the 5.25" drive bay area for the Antec Cobra cable. Ive tried to use a regular IDE cable in place of the Cobra cable but I havent been able to route it better then it is.

Also, a quick note, these pictures are from when I had my 74GB raptor drive. Im now using a much quieter, twice the capacity, 160GB WD SE IDE drive.

Ive posted some more pictures below of the backside of my case. Enjoy!

http://img371.imageshack.us/img371/5463/p30700186oj.th.jpg (http://img371.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p30700186oj.jpg)http://img381.imageshack.us/img381/2385/p30700198au.th.jpg (http://img381.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p30700198au.jpg)http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/6117/p30700246mx.th.jpg (http://img373.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p30700246mx.jpg)http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/7893/p30700250ev.th.jpg (http://img375.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p30700250ev.jpg)

HowlingPhoenix
08-28-05, 08:12 PM
I try to hide as many wires as possible by running a few of them behind the motherboard tray. I still have a few that show but its not too bad. Some of you guys definetly do a much better job than I do...I always have a couple wires that give me trouble when I try to hide them, like the one for my side intake fan.

extreme4377
08-28-05, 09:10 PM
Side intake fans can be a tough one but if you run them along the bottom edge or the case and along the walls youll be fine assuming theyre long enough. Post some pics, Id love to help ya out!

Darkoz
08-29-05, 05:56 AM
extreme4377............you do realise that you have to connect all your hardware to the motherboard don't you??... :p

Well done, you can't get any neater than that without having an empty case :)

jAkUp
08-29-05, 11:29 AM
Wow extreme, that looks beautiful, here is about the best I can do... this is a system I assembled for an Intel sponsered LAN party.

extreme4377
08-29-05, 12:22 PM
Haha. Thanks guys. I reallly appreciate the compliments. Ill be posting new pictures when I get my new ram in. I should get it either Tuesday or Wednesday from Newegg so look forward to those pics.

jAKUp, what kind of water/air cooling is that? Looks like a "normal" Gigabyte HSF with water running through it. Quite strange. Anyways, cable management is very well done. Thats one thing I wish I had, rotated HDD bays. I almost bought the Sonata II for the black paint job and the rotated HDD bays but decided itd be a pain to re-make a "wireless" and silent system.

Thanks again, keep em coming :)

zoomy942
08-29-05, 12:25 PM
i am a huge fan of cable management. at lan parties and stuff, i am always telling people to clea up their systems.

jAkUp
08-29-05, 12:59 PM
Haha. Thanks guys. I reallly appreciate the compliments. Ill be posting new pictures when I get my new ram in. I should get it either Tuesday or Wednesday from Newegg so look forward to those pics.

jAKUp, what kind of water/air cooling is that? Looks like a "normal" Gigabyte HSF with water running through it. Quite strange. Anyways, cable management is very well done. Thats one thing I wish I had, rotated HDD bays. I almost bought the Sonata II for the black paint job and the rotated HDD bays but decided itd be a pain to re-make a "wireless" and silent system.

Thanks again, keep em coming :)

This is the watercooling kit:
http://hi-techreviews.com/reviews/GB3dgalaxy/P1.htm

The fan is removable, it is advertised as a "mosfet cooler"

zoomy942
08-29-05, 01:37 PM
zeero, i love those lanboy cases cause the space behind the hard drives is a great place to hide wires.. that's what i have done with mine. i'll get a pic once my 7800gt gets here on wednesday.

Superfly
08-29-05, 01:48 PM
Great stuff guys

Rayman1968
08-29-05, 02:01 PM
I don't know how you guys do it. The inside of my case looks like complete ass. Wires everywhere. And when I look in there (Lian Li PC-65, kinda small) I just don't see where I could hide all these damn wires.

extreme4377
08-29-05, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the link jAKUp. Its such a funny looking kit.

The Super LanBoys are great looking cases and I love em but theyre too flashy for me. I keep my system on at night and couldnt imagine the glow it would produce. But I love em, so great case!

TierMann
08-30-05, 01:30 AM
I was going to try extreme4377's method of running wires under the mobo tray today, only to find out that the other side of my case is rivotted on.. yay! I never noticed because it's a tooless design for all the bays. :P I just wire tied everything back together and left it at that.

That does look awesome though, extreme4377.

Rampant CL
09-01-05, 05:41 AM
I'll post a couple when I ger back, flying back to uni tonight, but it is fairly important especially if you have a (large) window in your pc. I mean, in addition to the airflow benefits, you'll thank yourself when your troubleshooting or switching hardware, and the fact that you can see your RAM labels at a glance is a huge +

Mr_LoL
09-01-05, 11:18 AM
I cant be bothered with all that cable tidying nonsense. I only look at my pc when i am turning it on, or using the dvd drives :D

http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/428/picture152xg.jpg (http://imageshack.us)