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Thermaltake Xaser VI MX and cable management

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Hi guys,

I have been recently losing my mind around trying to arrange the cables in this case(XASER VI MX), as they do look horrible, so I was wondering if anyone has done anything in this direction here?

My case does not have any cable management holes in the backplate. See link: http://support.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1433&ID=1772

let me illustrate my current situation:


If any of you has any pictures of this case with some cable management done, i would really appreciate seeing them.

Otherwise, how do you think I should go with this? Should I make a hole or two in the backplate or something?
Also, I have a big clusterf**k of SATA cables around my 3 drives... How do you guys deal with those?

Anyway, thanks in advance.
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So no suggestions?
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System: Corsair 750 w 80 plus bronze PSU, Asus AM3+ motherboard, FX 6300 cpu, Arctic Cooler Pro 7 HSF, 4 GB (Geil or some other known brand) dual channel DDR3 RAM w/ hs, 1tb Seagate 7200 rpm hdd, Geforce 460 GTX 768mb. Two "silent" 120mm case fans, front intake and rear exhaust, all inside a Thermaltake Xaser VI MX case.

This is a pc that I'm gradually upgrading ie. RAM and Graphics card are next. Its winter just now, so the temperatures inside the pc are good. And the pc is quiet. But if the summer is as warm as the winter is cold right now, then the ambient temperature is going to have an affect. If I put the electric fire on, the living room temperature makes the pc restart lol. This case is definitely an older generation. On the plus side, its still a very nice case to look at. And if you have the mesh panel version, then it has better ventilation than many cases. But the case only has two fans. I've ordered an inexpensive and ingenious Antec Spot Cooler 100 (100 mm fan that can be attached almost anywhere inside the pc and angled to target specific hot spots). At the same time, inside the case, cable management is horrible. From the looks of the photograph, that's about as good as its going to get, and my pc looks very similar. The nearest the case gets to cable management is being able to put the hdd sata cables through the gap between the drive cage and side panel. So, the options that are available are these:

mod the pc case to add grommitted holes for cable management (possibly more expensive than its worth, and potentially dangerous given the tools required); get a modular or hybrid modular PSU to minimize the cables inside the case; spend between £40-100 or other currency equivalent on a mid or full tower case that has holes for cable management. I'm still drooling over the Aerocool X Predator case, particularly the white version which basically looks like it was used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. All versions have 200mm front case fans lol There are also lots of alternatives, mid tower and full tower, and they all provide good cable management, floor mounting for the PSU, and typically 4-7 120mm and 140mm case fans. I think I've just convinced myself that the pc upgrade needs to include a new case.
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Originally Posted by ManWithPC View Post

System: Corsair 750 w 80 plus bronze PSU, Asus AM3+ motherboard, FX 6300 cpu, Arctic Cooler Pro 7 HSF, 4 GB (Geil or some other known brand) dual channel DDR3 RAM w/ hs, 1tb Seagate 7200 rpm hdd, Geforce 460 GTX 768mb. Two "silent" 120mm case fans, front intake and rear exhaust, all inside a Thermaltake Xaser VI MX case.

This is a pc that I'm gradually upgrading ie. RAM and Graphics card are next. Its winter just now, so the temperatures inside the pc are good. And the pc is quiet. But if the summer is as warm as the winter is cold right now, then the ambient temperature is going to have an affect. If I put the electric fire on, the living room temperature makes the pc restart lol. This case is definitely an older generation. On the plus side, its still a very nice case to look at. And if you have the mesh panel version, then it has better ventilation than many cases. But the case only has two fans. I've ordered an inexpensive and ingenious Antec Spot Cooler 100 (100 mm fan that can be attached almost anywhere inside the pc and angled to target specific hot spots). At the same time, inside the case, cable management is horrible. From the looks of the photograph, that's about as good as its going to get, and my pc looks very similar. The nearest the case gets to cable management is being able to put the hdd sata cables through the gap between the drive cage and side panel. So, the options that are available are these:

mod the pc case to add grommitted holes for cable management (possibly more expensive than its worth, and potentially dangerous given the tools required); get a modular or hybrid modular PSU to minimize the cables inside the case; spend between £40-100 or other currency equivalent on a mid or full tower case that has holes for cable management. I'm still drooling over the Aerocool X Predator case, particularly the white version which basically looks like it was used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. All versions have 200mm front case fans lol There are also lots of alternatives, mid tower and full tower, and they all provide good cable management, floor mounting for the PSU, and typically 4-7 120mm and 140mm case fans. I think I've just convinced myself that the pc upgrade needs to include a new case.

Hi, thanks for replying, despite the old thread wink.gif

A lot has changed since I made this thread. I changed my PSU for a new Seasonic and replaced the old fans with Corsair SP120's.

I have taken the time and took the front of the PC completely apart and redid the entire cabling from scratch. I rerouted all my cables and the case almost looks decent, though I still miss a hole for the
PSU cables, which I plan to drill in hte future.
I learned my lesson: don't buy a case without a proper cable routing system!

Have a look:





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WoW, that's an excellent job thumb.gif Is your Seasonic PSU modular? I think that might be my problem apart from the lack of cable routing holes.
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Yes, my PSU is a Seasonic G450, which is modular, except for the motherboard cable.
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