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I have never cared to fix my cable situation in the past, but I am really liking the clean look it gives now. Sadly my case doesn't have pre-cut holes for cable management. I have a Cooler Master Elite 310, its certainly not a HAF but I like it and plan to mod it. Anywho can anyone give me tips for cases made without cable management in mind? I have read the posts about organizing and cleaning up your cables, and I am looking for advice from people who have done it on simple cases like mine.
post #2 of 8
i have a similar case on my htpc (330)
its horrible for cable management

put the cd/dvd drive on the 2nd bay from the top, and put the extra psu cables above it
zip tie or velcro strap them together

hdd bay is similar, mount the drives in backward, (cables pointing tward the back panel opening) with the extra sata/ide cable bundle the extra length togher above the drive behind the fdd bays and zip tie the needed length together

stuff the extra 24 pin cable length under the cd/floppy bay areas
there isnt much you can do about the 4/8 pin mobo or 6/8 pin gpu 12v cables

for the front panel cables, pull off the front panel and see if you can stuff them in the front area

it will never win the rate my case thread, but thats the best you can do with it
post #3 of 8
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Thanks for the tips. My case has the hd's flipped 90 degrees compared to yours. I will mount those backwards and run the cables accordingly. There seem to be ventilation holes on my motherboard tray I plan on using for running cables....and I may cut some holes in the case to make wiring possible. As far as winning the rate my case thing, I think you gave me a challenge biggrin.gif Maybe not win it...but I will make it look nice at least..
post #4 of 8
I've got a pair of old cases with absolutely no cable management built in. One has a modular PSU, the other does not. The modular PSU really helps a LOT.

Other than PSU choices, you are going to have to get creative with zip-ties/twist-ties,velcro/rope/tape.

Unused optical and HD bays are a good place to cram some cables.

Anything thin and long enough can be routed UNDER the motherboard.

If you are willing, take a dremmel or drill to it and make yourself some cable management holes.

Lastly, try looping excess cable, for instance, if you don't need a 3 foot long cable coming off of your rear case fan, loop the excess around the protruding casing of the fan and tape it there.
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This is where zip-tie mounts come in handy. It won't look the prettiest since the cables won't be completely hidden, but cables that you can't find places to stick such as in empty drive bays, just smartly place a zip-tie mount on a flat location, and tie any hanging cables back.

Here's a picture of my case using zip-tie mounts, in case you aren't sure what they are (though they're used on a case with cable management holes):

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post #6 of 8
looks very nice
zip tie mounts are great for cable management

i thought the psu mounted on the top,
the 24pin extension helps a lot

is that water cooling hoses?
need an inside pic
post #7 of 8
I've previously attempted to manage my cables in an HP Pavilion case (definitely don't recommend them in terms for air flow and general lack of space tongue.gif)... they don't have backside cable management systems so it's kind of like what you're experiencing. Here are some things that worked for me:

- Routing cables along the edges of the case
- Stuffing cables in unused HDD/media compartments
- Grouping cable lines together with cable ties

At the end of the day, make sure your cables have minimal interference with the component cooling units and air flow path.

Good luck!
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post #8 of 8
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I got it. The mobo tray holes were either for air-circulation or really cable management holes either way they worked and I have a clean(er) case. It certainly won't win any rate my case contest but its 10 fold better. Everything is routed behind the mobo tray, and all psu cables are zip tied to the right wall of the case. Ordered my fan controller today too. I am still trying to figure out how to paint this thing Siberian Camo....
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