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My NZXT Apollo "cable management" mod

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Hey all.
First of all. SOrry about the large photo size. i swear i resized them ohwell.

This is my first mod. its nothing major, but its put me well on my way to doing bigger and better mods. So I hope you enjoy my thread, and maybe get some hints for yourself (although it has surely been done many times before)

ANyway, honestly i didnt really care about how my inside looked untill i joined up with this website about a week ago. Seeing how awesome you guys make your cases and the tidiness of the components really motived me to do something about it.

My computer is getting on 4 years old now so please dont criticize me for having outdated lame parts or whatever as it really does handle todays games fairly well, surprisingly. Hardware is in my sig

Okies so. This is basically what I was dealing with when i started this small project (Im really sorry about the photos too, friggen iphone)





I know what a mess right?
Anyway this was my indoor work station, took over the kitchen table for the dissembling And before anyone comments leave my mac alone



I forgot to take some before shots and some shots during the process but ill give a little explanation as to how the following pictures were achieved.
Basically i measured from the sides and top to pinpoint the areas in which i wanted a whole then measured the same lengths on the back of the motherboard tray and marked out the areas with a sharpie.
From there I drilled a 12mm or so hole in opposite corners of the areas to cut out with a drill so i could fit the jig saw in then simply cut the metal along the drawn lines and this is what i got: New holes being to the far left and right



Heres another sneaking new hole oh If youre wondering what the u tubing style cover is for the edges its just stripped casing for electrical wire cut in half and placed on the sharp edges to prevent any wire fray cheap and effective



Oh and i dont know if any of you noticed but i removed the floppy disk trays and the hdd bay and placed the hdd where the floppy used to be, which to me makes it look so much neater before weve even put the wires in



Oh and my paint took a bit of a beating with all the metal shavings haha, looks like thats what ill be doing next



Now for the actual cable management. This probably took me about 30-45 minutes to do including putting all my components back in but it was worth it.
The cables were dangerous close to being too short but with some clever routing i got them all to where they had to be




Anyway im sure youre curious about the end result so here it is:






Thanks for checking out this thread, i appreciate you taking the time to read and please comment if you do read. Id love to hear feedback suggestions or anything else from you guys. As i still am learning

Zac
post #2 of 8
Very very nice!!
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looks good. now just resleeve your 4-pin ATX cable and get a individual sleeved 24-pin extender and your good
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Ermm....are those IDE cables I see there??? No worries mate! Looks 10x better than before! Should have mounted that HDD bay at 90 degrees for easier access to your HDDs.
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Great job, that looks really nice. Hopefully when I build my rig I'll be able to get it looking that nice xD
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Lookin much better, and yeah defly need to sleeve it up next.
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spend $20 and get a sata dvd drive and lose that ribbon cable lol
Makes your pc look old. Nice job regardless
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Originally Posted by bob808 View Post
spend $20 and get a sata dvd drive and lose that ribbon cable lol
Makes your pc look old. Nice job regardless
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post
Ermm....are those IDE cables I see there??? No worries mate! Looks 10x better than before! Should have mounted that HDD bay at 90 degrees for easier access to your HDDs.
Haha yeah I forgot to appologise about the IDE cables in advanced. Im just lucky my mobo came with a semi stylish ide cable rather than some of the others ive seen. Its ok though because me PC is OLD haha.

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Originally Posted by rivaldog View Post
Great job, that looks really nice. Hopefully when I build my rig I'll be able to get it looking that nice xD
Thanks man, Im genuinely happy how it turned out

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Originally Posted by machinehead View Post
Lookin much better, and yeah defly need to sleeve it up next.
As im in the process of saving for my next rig i dont think ill go overboard with making this one look top notch, because i know my phanton is going to blow it out of the water
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