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Cable management - the 4" zip ties or 8"?

post #1 of 6
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Very simple, case cable manage. question - do you prefer to use the small and thinner 4" cable ties or the thicker 8"?

I was just wondering because I always used the 8" because they seem to hold the bigger 24pin connectors and such pretty good - but I recently tried the 4" inch smaller ones and they work pretty good and are more discrete and make it easier i think to close the back side panel to hide all the cables since it is generally already a somewhat cluttered area.

And do you guys match the cable tie color to the color of the inside? stupid question I know, I guess I'm just too anal. I have some white ones but my corsair case is black interior, and I didn't want to spend $$ for something I already have, but I think I might because the color does't match, even though no one will see since it's in the back but it will bug me I think..... rolleyes.gif

Oh and off topic question; can the case badges (nvidia stickers and such, i7 etc..) be removed effortlessly? or do they leave residue? any solvent to remove them? I put some on mine, but want to make sure I can get them off if need be in the future.

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post #2 of 6
I use buckle style 4" zip ties where the male end lays parallel to the rest of the tie and not perpendicular like standard ties. Always the same color as the sleeve of course!

As for the larger bundles of wire that tend to get moved around more I will revert to black or red Velcro strapping.

Case stickers vary in their ease of removal, but the sticky itself is no match for rubbing alcohol and/or a cloth with a dab of WD-40.
post #3 of 6
Hmm... I like the little ones that come with most corsair psu's, so I guess those are the 4" ones, but the big ones can just be cut to size. As for case badges, they can leave residue just like any sticker, but a little bit of goo gone on a rag has always worked just fine for me.
post #4 of 6
Professional cable management is almost never done with with plastic zip ties...for whatever reason, they tend to wear through the insulation on the wires over time. Velcro and wax twine are much better for long term use.

But its fine for a home pc that only needs to last a few years tongue.gif

Basically I use smaller ones for smaller cables and larger ones for larger cables, my preference is based on the application.
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Professional cable management is almost never done with with plastic zip ties...for whatever reason, they tend to wear through the insulation on the wires over time. Velcro and wax twine are much better for long term use.
But its fine for a home pc that only needs to last a few years tongue.gif
Basically I use smaller ones for smaller cables and larger ones for larger cables, my preference is based on the application.

Huh? I've never seen anything other than the zip ties and maybe the velcro one time. On any computer. Who does wax twine and where can u buy that?
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He means that professional modding is usually done with plastic sleeving which gives enough structure to the wires that they don't need to be forced together.

See for example, http://www.million-dollar-pc.com/systems-2008/silverstone/murderbox-fc/murderbox-fc.htm

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And if it is necessary to bundle cables, you can use proper quality cable clips that don't strangle the wires, but hold them gently smile.gif

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