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Cable Management with a HAF 922 and non-modular PSU

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Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place. I have recently acquired lots of cable ties so it is high time I sorted out the mess that is my case. I have a few issues. First one is I saved a bit of cash by getting a non modular PSU so I have a load of cables I'm not using that I don't know what to do with. Second, I have a fair few cables I am using. I am getting a fan controller on tuesday for 3 fans, I have 3 plugged into the mobo, and another plugged straight into the PSU but I think I might connect 2 into the same slot on the fan controller. 2 of the fans are on the side panel so I'll need the cables to be looseish connected to those. I also have 3 HD/SSDs, 2 GPUs, a front panel for USBs/sound (obviously) and a memory card reader with a USB header on the front too.

I'm just wondering if anyone would have any tips in sorting out my mess. The case is better for cable management than my old one, but I'm still not that great at seeing how to use its potential. People with the 922 and a non-modular PSU would be ther best help, as you might even have pictures! I'm not interested in sleeving by the way, i'll take my cables as they are

Thanks in advance!
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I made a decent false floor and it hides my semi-modular PSU. Ill post a recent picture of my rig in a sec;

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Terrible photo! I didn't feel like trying and this one does the trick.
The false floor hides all the cables coming out of my PSU, I also moved my HDD's to the bottom trays so those cables could also be hidden more easily. Try to route all your cables up, behind the motherboard tray via the hole next to the PSU.

Edit2: I also aced my optical drive and my front panel audio cable. on this gigabyte board, the front panel audio header is by the rear audio ports, there really isnt a nice way to hide it.
Edited by rockosmodlife - 10/16/11 at 1:05pm
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I made a decent false floor and it hides my semi-modular PSU. Ill post a recent picture of my rig in a sec;

Edit:


Terrible photo! I didn't feel like trying and this one does the trick.
The false floor hides all the cables coming out of my PSU, I also moved my HDD's to the bottom trays so those cables could also be hidden more easily. Try to route all your cables up, behind the motherboard tray via the hole next to the PSU.

Edit2: I also aced my optical drive and my front panel audio cable. on this gigabyte board, the front panel audio header is by the rear audio ports, there really isnt a nice way to hide it.
That looks really good. Nice and tidy. Thanks for the pic. At the moment I've got all my cables up behind the mobo but I think I will do this instead because I find it hard enough as it is closing the other side panel. How did you make it? I have lots of cardboard so I reckon I could whip one up. Watercooling does make a case neater, shame I can't afford it
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I actually used some sheet metal and small diameter rubber tubing from my local Lowes, then finished it up with some matte black spray paint. It was my first attempt and didn't have a metal brake, but I am gearing up to make an even cleaner one.

I really like the look of it, probably one of the cheapest and best looking hardware mods that I have done.

Edit: Watercooling isnt that expensive, I whipped this up;

-MCR220-QP Rad (35 used)
-MCP350 pump (35 new)
-DD 5.25 bay res (20 used)
-Dtek Fusion V2 block (30 used)
-fittings and hose (20 new)

total- $140, and my temps never go above 40C with this OC.
Edited by rockosmodlife - 10/16/11 at 1:14pm
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I actually used some sheet metal and small diameter rubber tubing from my local Lowes, then finished it up with some matte black spray paint. It was my first attempt and didn't have a metal brake, but I am gearing up to make an even cleaner one.

I really like the look of it, probably one of the cheapest and best looking hardware mods that I have done.

Edit: Watercooling isnt that expensive, I whipped this up;

-MCR220-QP Rad (35 used)
-MCP350 pump (35 new)
-DD 5.25 bay res (20 used)
-Dtek Fusion V2 block (30 used)
-fittings and hose (20 new)

total- $140, and my temps never go above 40C with this OC.
In the UK everything is more expensive, even used things and i'd have no idea to get used items.

Being a lowly student living in a student flat I have no way of cutting sheet metal or bending it (neatly) so cardboard is my most flexible option. Apart from the obvious aesthetic issues, could you envisage any problems with using carboard instead of metal? I don't want it catching fire but I dont think it would get that hot being down there. Is the metal hot to the touch after heavy use?
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no, you will be perfectly fine with cardboard or even black poster board. The metal has no means of heating up, it maybe gets 1C hotter from outside the case.
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