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Hi I was wondering if anyone could give me tips/pictures about how to manage cables in this case. Its my first build and running great but I don't like how the cables are. I tried to run through the back as much as I could but cant even close the back panel with more than one screw. So basically I have a lot of them sticking out in between the motherboard and hard drive bay. It isn't hot but from what I gather its best it clear as much as possible. Thanks for any help!
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I used to have that case, the cable management is terrible on the case, but you get what you paid for. After trudging for awhile, I got most of the cables behind the board except the 24 pin and cpu 8 pin. Still cleaner than what I started with.
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I've done 2 builds in challengers and thought they were great. The trick to getting all the cables behind there while still getting the back lid on is making sure to balance the use of space back there as best as possible. Also, there are lots of little tie-down points back there you can use to tie off wires to take up extra slack and separate them so they are not all bunched up the same place.

In both of the builds I have done in challengers I have had the ATX cable run through one of the cable holes and back out next to the ATX power connector on the board to clean up the look of the install.

In all the builds I do, I like to run the 4(or 8) pin CPU power wire under the various expansion cards (like GPU etc). Pretty much all expansion cards (PCI-anything) have a nice little gap up near the business end between the slot and the case opening. it's a perfect place to tuck that power wire and make things look clean.
     
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What a coincidence...I just spend the past two evenings tackling this myself on my new system build. Spent hours doing it one way, thought it worked good until I tried to put on the side cover and found that it just wasn't going to work. So I removed it all and started over. Here's a few shots of what I ended up with last night:

IMG_7443th.jpg IMG_7446th.jpg IMG_7449th.jpg IMG_7450th.jpg

The main 24-pin connector harness HAS to run up the deep groove on the back, between the motherboard tray and the drive rack. After that, figure out which cables you don't need, and then tie them up with zip-ties and store them in the bottom of the case, under the drive rack. Then just route the cables you need to use up. Just take the time to do your best to not allow the cables to overlap...try to run them side-by-side as much as possible. With the setup as pictured here, I'm able to close my cover without any pressure on any of the cables.
    
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Hi FORDification,

That looks very well done. You've made excellent use of this budget case and proven (with great pics!) that it can be done with some patience.
     
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I just finished up some cable management in my Challenger today. Not perfect and I wish I had some extra sleeving, but I think it looks good for what I had to work with.

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Good for a case that I'm assuming has little to no cable management features. I just wish companies would speed money on cable gromets and stuff instead of tooless optical drives tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by FORDification View Post

What a coincidence...I just spend the past two evenings tackling this myself on my new system build. Spent hours doing it one way, thought it worked good until I tried to put on the side cover and found that it just wasn't going to work. So I removed it all and started over. Here's a few shots of what I ended up with last night:

IMG_7443th.jpg IMG_7446th.jpg IMG_7449th.jpg IMG_7450th.jpg

The main 24-pin connector harness HAS to run up the deep groove on the back, between the motherboard tray and the drive rack. After that, figure out which cables you don't need, and then tie them up with zip-ties and store them in the bottom of the case, under the drive rack. Then just route the cables you need to use up. Just take the time to do your best to not allow the cables to overlap...try to run them side-by-side as much as possible. With the setup as pictured here, I'm able to close my cover without any pressure on any of the cables.

How did you manage to get that 8-pin power connector behind the motherboard like that? Mine's not long enough for that and even if they were, the cables are really bulky. I had to bend the side panel trying to get it on with the 24 pin power cable routed through there.
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