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I don't know why I have a see through side panel, because the inside of my computer is disguisting to look at. I have harddrives leaning up against the glass, I can hardly see my RAM or CPU fan anymore because of the wires in front of it. What is most commonly used (or most effectively used I should say) method or product for cleaning the inside of the computer up. I'm actually embarrassed to post a picture of it
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post #2 of 14
Tucking...just find spaces to hide them wires...behind the drive bays is one of the easiest and probably most widely used. along with zip ties.


POST PICS! I wanna see how bad you think it is.
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post #3 of 14
Zip-ties single-handedly make my rig what it is...Without them, it'd be a huge mess of wires and cables, so use zip-ties liberally!
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post #4 of 14
Twist ties like you use on like spice bags at some food stores. I live on em. And if you have IDE, you can make the cables look slim and like SATA or scheathed. Take a SHARP nife and slice carefully between the wires, once you have a gap, just pull and the slice will travel to the end of the cable and stop at the plug. When you've done that like 6 times paralel on the same length of cable, wrap them in electrical tape, like I did, smoothly so they look smooth and professional and no one will be the wiser. or use a commercial wire kit.

For the rest, just find wires that are close, pull them to the side of the case, and wire tie them neatly to something like HD cages.
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post #5 of 14
Full size towers are easier to work with...us mid-tower guys have it hard. :/
    
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I started off using about one cable tie per inch LOL...flourescent green and orange ones LOL. But it did improve my case temps. The next level would be to use automotive spiral or split cable wrap. The next level down might be to use tape. But I have had nice results with good quality (3M) colored electrical tape--if you massage the wires and use a cable tie to chase the bundle along (sliding as you wrap) the tape wrap can be very neat--but very stiff. Spiral and split wrap are cheap and easy to get at the parts store. If you use some tape or heatshrink on each end the wrap stays much neater.
The next level up from that would be sheathing with the real deal--the kits are less than $20 from online vendors and some even have matching molex. Cable sheathing is a time consuming and tedious process best suited to those so inclined (the mentally ill LOL). there are two levels to sheathing--the easy way is to use sheathing that expands and simply slink it over the molex connectors and use big heatshrink that will slide over the molex. Even this "easy" method requires some planning about how to get it to turn out right. The heatshrinks need to be cut to size and slipped along first--the conectors on the multi-molexed cables will be a real PITA--as a number of lengths of sheathing and Heatshrink will need to be slipped along starting with the ones closest to the PSU. And even after all that the chances are the cables will look less than professional due to th baggy "sock" arounf them. A more professional approach (as used by pro modders) is to take the molex and other connectors off and use slender sheathing and small heatshrink. Obviously this will require keeping a track of all the wires--the way to proceed is on cable run at a time. using masking tape mark the leads in a manner you are comfortable remembering...on molex I just mark which Black lead is which (not that it really matters IMO--they are all grounds and all ground to the same earth) but anyway you do it keep a close track of the leads. Using a demolexing tool remove the plugs and use tape again to keep them from trying to hang up or spear the sheathing.

Or you can tuck
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post #7 of 14
ya thats why I'm getting a Full soon lol

god druid you must be a modder PRo lol...I"m abosrbing this wonderful wisdom...
 
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post #8 of 14
*Takes notes after reading Cyber's post*
The best trick is to tuck the unused power cables behind the mobo try then electrical tape or zip tie them down. Also Zip-Ties works wonders and try re-routing the cables , this could make a huge difference.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by FaLLeNAn9eL View Post
*Takes notes after reading Cyber's post*
The best trick is to tuck the unused power cables behind the mobo try then electrical tape or zip tie them down. Also Zip-Ties works wonders and try re-routing the cables , this could make a huge difference.
I agree with the caveat that the ends should be taped to avoid the hazard of grounding against the case.
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post #10 of 14
Yes and also you can tuck front displays like USB and 1394 cables under the mobo and to the buttom out JUST enouch for you to plug it in I had this done then had to take my MOBO out agin and didnt want to waste the 3 minutes tucking back under.... some day I will though...... someday
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