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When you build your own gaming rig or have a computer with a side window so you can look inside and admire the amount of work and money that you have invested into your computer, why not make it look like it was build by professional?

I built my own computer a few months ago and cable management was thought of before i ordered a single part.

Common cable management techniques are cable shortening, lengthening, color changing, and sleeving.

[unfortunately I cannot show everything because some things were already finished, I took my computer apart and put it back together again for this instructable]

[this is not to put a computer togethor or how to choose the right parts]

PLEASE FORGIVE MY DYSLEXIA
 
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Step 1: How NOT To Do It

Picture of How NOT To Do It
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These pictures severally piss me off because they are $250+ cases that have rat nests in them.

WHY PEOPLE WHY!!!!! Such good cases ruined by ignorance and stupidity

I love dem people who believe showing all the cables into a computer and calling it a day is cable management...

I have the exact same case, I built my pc in 2011 and my wiring is a mess inside. I actually just googled cable management, and clicked this link not knowing it was going to be the same case as mine. This will help out a lot when I finally get around to situating my cables. Thanks!

Sonofblaster9 months ago

Are those pop-em's? hnnnnnnnnnngggggggg

vanwazltoff (author) 10 months ago

A few things to note after making this Instructable (and 3 years to collect better tools and skills), NEVER use twisty caps for electrical wires in a case, I was beyond broke when I made this Instructable because I just bought all the components, this could fry components, I recommend not changing any wire lengths unless you absolutely have to, if you do always soldier and sleeve.

When working with fans, either get a fan controller, voltage reducers (which come with many fans these days) or do the 7V fan mod, also look into one of these to you don't have to fuss around with a bunch on molex to fan adapters: http://www.amazon.com/Phobya-4-Pin-3-Pin-Splitter-...

The biggest mistake on my build was choosing performance over silence, you make a powerful little computer without the noise, all you have to do is buy components that are optimized to be quiet like Noctua fans with reducers (I use Corsair fans with reducers), video cards that have non-reference coolers (especially on AMD cards, Asus and MSI make really good heatsinks that are very quiet and keep it cool), All-in-one liquid coolers with fans in pull with fan shrouds.

Fan shrouds are not common, what they do is space the fan from the radiator which helps pull air through more parts of the radiator and makes it even more quiet (by far the quietest setup I have found in my tests, the temperature results faired 1-3C better than a fan directly touching the radiator while being quite a bit quieter.) I made my own fan shroud out of a dead fan, just cut out the fan and use the frame coupled with some new screws from the hardware store.

I don't have a single part of the computer in this build in my new build. My new build is a Mini-ITX small form factor gaming rig. If anyone is interested I'll post a few pics and the specs of the new build. Also I am probably going to edit this a bit, it received far more attention than I ever would have imagined =]

rbennett81 year ago
what pisses me off is when there is tape on the wires !!! :)
vanwazltoff (author)  rbennett810 months ago

I've gotten better than that now, I kind of had to when I got into small form factor building.

moonlightlust 10 months ago

Very helpful! When I upgrade some of my parts I'll come back to this :P

adjie08510 months ago

One thing, make sure you buy a motherboard that have a good design for cable management, coz there are a lot cheap motherboard with good performance but not compatible with cable management you want it

Bartuss10 months ago

I was always wondering "what are those holes for?". Thanks for putting me back on the good way!

SugarCluster10 months ago

According to this guide,my computer is already an abandoned rat nest :(

(Plus,it's messed up and it's very low-end.)

One day when I upgrade my computer,I will do it according to this useful guide.

Thanks a lot!

vanwazltoff (author) 10 months ago
I have built many computers since this and I am probably going to do a another cable management guide for small form factor gaming rigs (that's what my current rig is)
joaqi82310 months ago
This is useful since I'm going to repair my old pc
goldenpan_2510 months ago
Nice PC
I am going to be taking all the cables out of my PC and re-doing my managment, Thank you for your guide and thats an awesome case in step 11!
vanwazltoff (author) 2 years ago
if anyone wanted to know, i have made a few upgrades. first and foremost i sold my gtx 480 and bought a gtx 670, sold my 64gb ssd and upgraded to 120gb sandisk extreme, sold my 1tb mechanical and replaced it with a 2tb caviar black, switched to a fractal define r3 pearl black, switched my heatsink to an antec kuhler 620, ditched the cold cathodes, i currently have no lighting but when i get another case or mod my r3 ill buy some bitfenix alchemy LED strips
npushis3 years ago
Great instructable! The center computer in your cases that disgust me section is water cooled. Air flow is not a issue. It does look nasty, but the number one case to make for strict cable management is that it allows air to flow throughout the case as designed. My personal pet peeve is folks that take the side panel off for extended periods of time, especially those who think they are getting better cooling this way. Anyhow, great instructable, now I feel lazy.
vanwazltoff (author)  npushis3 years ago
I have to admit, I do like to take my side panel off a lot, but only because I haven't put a window on my new case yet so I can't admire my work haha. I don't know how good the cable management is on that first case, but all the cable clutter around the HDD cage has to substantially decrease air flow especially since it seems like it omly has 2 fans. as for the middle case I not sure how well a thermaltake level 10 hides cables, but I am guessing it does better than that. air flow is still important in a liquid cooled case, you want as much air flowing through your radiator as possible without an increased noise level to supply adequate cooling. plus if your going to shell out the price for liquid cooling and a level 10 case wouldn't you want it to look good?
Yes, no excuse for the pure sloth shown in your examples. I just trying to throw the guy a bone. :)
Ceiling cat3 years ago
Great Instructable! I did this on my computer, and it looks a lot better. But I think it needs an "after" picture. Other than that, great job!

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vanwazltoff (author)  Ceiling cat3 years ago
thank you, i plan on revamping this because im getting a new case soon, im going to use sleeved bitfenix cables and a fractal define r3 pearl black case and im going to borrow a camera for better pics, i finally stuck the lighting in. did you take a picture? id like to see it
jdege3 years ago
Actually, my biggest cable management rats nest isn't inside my case, it's what's hanging off the back of it.
Ditto. Especially when you have four desktops, two monitors, a stereo, a tape player, a zip drive and a router all togerther.