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Can you guys please look at my signature gaming rig pics and help me decide how to make it look better aesthetically? I'm not sure if fans, cable sleeving, better cable management, new parts, or re-positioning some things may make it look up to it's potential:





I know the water cooling is just the way-to-go if you want a sexy looking rig (the tubes look so sexy) but I just don't have the money at the moment nor do I know if I want to embark on water cooling the entire system.
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My suggestion would be to re-wire your case, essentially just redo your cable management. Something as simple as tightening up some of the cables will make a huge difference in how your case looks! If you are a member of reddit, check out /r cablemanagement. There are some seriously fantastic looking rigs there with helpful information. Also, consider getting some black ram to go along with your color scheme a bit better than the red. Hope this helps!
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My suggestion would be to re-wire your case, essentially just redo your cable management. Something as simple as tightening up some of the cables will make a huge difference in how your case looks! If you are a member of reddit, check out /r cablemanagement. There are some seriously fantastic looking rigs there with helpful information. Also, consider getting some black ram to go along with your color scheme a bit better than the red. Hope this helps!

Thanks. Funny, I was thinking the same thing about the RAM. I was looking at the Black Corsair dominators; so expensive though. Recommend any others with better price?

I looked into the PSU sleeving but don't know if I want to sit 1-8hours sleeving cables frown.gif

I considered some LED fans though...but I like the "clean/minimilistic" style of the NZXT Switch 810 in white and I don't know if I want to "ruin" the look with gaudy LED fans.

I think the color combo I want to stick with ATM is WHITE/BLACK....

unless you guys think there is any other good color combos???
post #4 of 24
definitely clean up that cable management
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Originally Posted by Gray Fox View Post

My suggestion would be to re-wire your case, essentially just redo your cable management. Something as simple as tightening up some of the cables will make a huge difference in how your case looks! If you are a member of reddit, check out /r cablemanagement. There are some seriously fantastic looking rigs there with helpful information. Also, consider getting some black ram to go along with your color scheme a bit better than the red. Hope this helps!

I pretty much agree with this. It kind of looks like most of the "mess" you perceive is the smaller wires. Wires like the ones for the fans on you H80 can be tucked behind the motherboard, or try running them along the coolant tubes. But that might not get you the look you want.

I wouldn't fret too much over the lack of sleeving, Corsair psus are decent out of the box. If you have money to burn they sell kits at Corsair.com.

Zipties. Lot of zipties.

And if you don't really use your optical drive you could unplug it from the psu and hide the plug behind a grommet or just plain old remove it and when you do need it just ghetto rig it.

Attempting to consolidate you psu connectors to the motherboard side might help visually too.
Edited by DaFirnz - 5/19/13 at 5:53pm
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If you bought a Corsair PSU cable replacement kit in white it would add a lot of wow factor to your rig

Right now the stock cables are very boring to look at

This is the red version of the same cables in my rig

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post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

If you bought a Corsair PSU cable replacement kit in white it would add a lot of wow factor to your rig

Right now the stock cables are very boring to look at

This is the red version of the same cables in my rig


How many hours does it take? I like it
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by DaFirnz View Post

I pretty much agree with this. It kind of looks like most of the "mess" you perceive is the smaller wires. Wires like the ones for the fans on you H80 can be tucked behind the motherboard, or try running them along the coolant tubes. But that might not get you the look you want.

I wouldn't fret too much over the lack of sleeving, Corsair psus are decent out of the box. If you have money to burn they sell kits at Corsair.com.

Zipties. Lot of zipties.

And if you don't really use your optical drive you could unplug it from the psu and hide the plug behind a grommet or just plain old remove it and when you do need it just ghetto rig it.

Attempting to consolidate you psu connectors to the motherboard side might help visually too.

The corsair h80i calbes are so small though, and I have the main ones, the 8pin connect, the y-connector, all going through the CUT-OUT at the top left. The only one going to the right is the Data cable. Some of the cables are so small in legth, I can't run them through the back. I did run the usb cable from the h80i though the back though.

I might unplug the optical drive. but what if I need it to instal windows in the future or something?
post #9 of 24
Well there are a couple things you can do for free that will help and there are some more costly things you can do. Obviously as you mention, water cooling is a great route for performance and looks. If you are still unsure, all I can tell you is that if someone like me with terrible hand eye coordination can do it with no leaks, then anyone can do it biggrin.gif.

Things you can do for free.

Cable management is key. Nice clean builds are the best. A LOT of wires seem like they could be routed through the CPU cutout from behind the mobo.

You might also want to try mounting the H80 on the top of the case forward of the motherboard (close to your DVD drive). This might allow you move the rad to somewhere where it might not be such an eyesore. Plus, this will also give you the opportunity to not have the tubes blocking the corsair cpu block.

Also, try moving that sound card down to the bottom PCI slot. IDK how well this will work, but you will have a much shorter run with your molex connector.



Things that cost money

Sleeving your cables white will be best for a clean look. Especially white para cord would look awesome. That being said, feel free to go with what ever you want, but with that white case and black mobo I REALLY have to say that white would be the way to go thumb.gif. You also have a couple choices. Since you bought the AX850 PSU, corsair sells sleeved cable sets ( http://www.corsair.com/us/power-supply-units/psu-accessories-1/professional-individually-sleeved-dc-cable-kit-type-3-generation-2-white.html ) but for a little less than half the price you can do it yourself. I recommend the corsair set simply because it is done extremely well and you don't have to worry about being as perfect as they were thumb.gif

Buy the NZXT Hue. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992011 For 30 bucks you get a very long light strip and it has every color you could want smile.gif

Buy a fan controller. A cheap one like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9369/bus-200/Lamptron_20W_-_4_Channel_Aluminum_Rheobus_w_Blue_Backlit_LED_-_Silver_FC-4.html?tl=g47c17s286 will allow you to run all your fan cables behind your case and get them out of sight.

The window is terrible. It shows wayyyyy too much and it cripples the look for a clean build. There are a couple ways to go about fixing this. Option 1 is to get a regular panel and cut the windows out yourself. If you are great with tools, I recommend this 10 fold. If you are a novice with tools....forget I mentioned it. Option 2 would be to get some thin and cheap plexiglass and some white carbon fiber. What you want to do is cut the plexiglass so that it can cover the slant area and the cable grommets. Then slap some white carbon fiber on it and attach it to your panel. You could also slap a decal on the carbon fiber. Maybe a dragon or a snake. Something with black outline. Since I know that my explanations aren't great, I made some pics.



Here I made a 810 window with the basic parts. as you can see I drew ugly cables everywhere (wayyyyy worse than yours btw).



Here is the idea behind the modified panel. As you can see I didn't have a carbon fiber color in paint so I hope you can use your imagination to fill in the blanks. For 30 bucks this would not be a bad solution and you could even add a decal that you like to add a personal touch to it.
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How many hours does it take? I like it

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Those are the corsair cables I linked in my previous post. biggrin.gif

As for gaudy LED fans, I got just the thing. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233101 This is the newer version of what I have. It is a very mature LED effect. The while LEDs are bright enough to illuminate the PC, but the smoke tint blades definitely subdue the effect. I have my whole rig done up in them and love them. thumb.gif (also, these two fans are worth looking into. Essentially it is the same look, but they have different specs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835345022 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233035)
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