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post #1 of 14
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I feel right now that my computer is pretty much a disgrace at this point with the horrible cable management I have. Does anyone have some tips on cable management in an Antec 300 Illusion case? (picture included to show how bad it is, sorry for the crappy quality)

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post #2 of 14
you could easily cut out holes at bottom of case and aside the mobo run cables along back.
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by seannsb View Post
you could easily cut out holes at bottom of case and aside the mobo run cables along back.
Not really comfortable with cutting wholes in my case. Hell I do not even have any tools to do that or experience.
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post #4 of 14
New case ... or cut holes .. not really going to do much better without buddy
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post #5 of 14
Some cases are just not designed for cable management although you could probably do a better job if you pulled it all out and started from scratch.If youve never built a pc before take lots of pictures of where everything is plugged in and rebuild it but take your time, buy lots of cableties and and bind up and manage each cable as you go and dont rush.Alternatively if your looking for a new case thats super easy to work with and is designed around good cable management try the Corsair 600T.I just built my first rig a few weeks ago because i wasn't happy how the shop built it the cables looked pretty much the same as yours.

check it outhttp://www.overclock.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=233393&stc=1&d=1318429 716

Edited by Bloodbath - 10/12/11 at 7:29am
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post #6 of 14
Really like the the way the cable management came out. Looks super clean as well.
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post #7 of 14
Zip ties and some time just sitting back and thinking. Sometimes it takes a few tries. Might even want to think about getting a fan header or controller. I was afraid to cut into my pretty Lian Li for a while too, but after I made the first cut, it all worked out.
post #8 of 14
1. Buy a better case
2. hide the cabled behind the motherboard tray
3. ????
4. profit
post #9 of 14
Well besides cutting the case like the others have said your only option it to try to run some of them along the paneling where it will hide them. Zip-ties are going to be your best friend here. Go to your local hardware store and pick up a big bag of the small ones and go to town! But unfortunately you're never going to be able to get great management with that case
post #10 of 14
Here's what you can do on the cheap, get some zip-ties, a 15-25w soldering iron, 60/40 lead/tin solder, some heat shrink and a few simple hand tools like a knife, screw driver.
Anybody with a soldering iron and some solder would probably lend it to you, if not this would be the most expensive part at around $15-25.

If you are creative you may find some free or cheap sleeving material, as this would be the time to do it. Also it will help hide splices etc. Similar to what your PSU already has in spots. You will need larger heat-shrink for the sleeving, or just use electrical tape, I won't tell if you don't.

If you have everything pretty much where you want it, you can now start shortening the wires. Don't try and take apart the plugs, just cut it along the wire, preferably where the heat-shrink wont be seen if possible. Again, if you are putting on a sleeve, they will usually hide them half decent.

It's pretty straight forward, start of with simple circuits, like the fans, then progress to getting the bulk out of the PSU wires. Don't be scared to get rid of extra unused plugs etc.

Don't cut Sata cables or shielded audio cables (if you have them.) (Too much effort to splice nicely.)
Don't cut the motherboard cable(s), they should already be pretty good and is probably beyond what you would want to attempt this time around.

Obviously only trim whats need, sometimes you need the length to hide something.

If you don't want to drill (You may not have much room behind the MoBo tray anyways), your only other option is to fabricate a panel that runs top to bottom, between the back of the CD drive and the MoBo.
Thin aluminum or plastic can be cut with a good pair of scissors, or borrow a pair of tin snips from the guy with the soldering iron. If you are real ambitious, paint the inside of the case black to update it, or any other colour for that matter.

If you go this route you can always check back here for the specifics about soldering, it's pretty easy, the only real tricks are doing it neatly.

Getting rid of excess wiring and neatening what is there will be an improvement and your only practical option with your case.
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