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post #1 of 15
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Figured I'd turn this one over to the OCN Mod Gods to help me with some minor case modifications, specifically around the back end of the case, to facilitate easier cable management. I'm looking to put a few holes through the motherboard tray (behind the motherboard, so the holes aren't visible) to make routing cables easier.

Just some forethoughts:
-The divider between the motherboard tray and hard drive/PSU area comes completely out and sits flush with the rear panel. I would have to *gasp* chop into it to make room for an ATX brick and an 8-pin EPS12V cable, but I wouldn't mind doing so if it were worth it.
-I was looking to, on the holes, use rubber grommets (not C-channel) because they are much more sturdy and will withstand more abuse from movement. Plus, they just look sexier

If anyone could, using the supplied images, draw out a few ideas, I'd appreciate it


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Wait a minute, you're trying to tidy up the back? If I were you I'd just stick to the part you see through the window, and use lots of zip ties! Check out my zip tie job here in my build log.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...lots-pics.html

If you want some ideas for wire management on your case post pictures of the front
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I am more interested in the front Basically, the front looks a mess so by putting them through the back, it'll make life easier
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Can you get a pic of the front so we can see what wires there are to work with and where they have to be run to? It's hard to guess where the 24 pin connector will go, for example, without seeing where it is located in the motherboard.
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Sure- Here you go.
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Ahh there we go

So the first thing I noticed is the pump needs to be mounted. That will help it look less "hanging" like.

The next fix should be a lot easier. Take that cluster of 4 wires along the left and run them behind the cards and along the top of the motherboard. There is usually enough space for that. Those wires cannot really be drilled in from behind because there is no space around the edge aside from the right side, and they all connect on the left.

The main power connector to the motherboard looks easy, just cut a hole large enough directly behind the motherboard and route the cable through that.

Also, try to run less wires through the expansion slots. It looks like you can instead router the power for (the rad fans?) out from somewhere in the back of the lower level. Pull out that ugly speaker wire and run it down low instead of up and across the motherboard.

Good luck to you
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Also keep in mind that I'll be going back to traditional watercooling once I can sell this TEC setup off
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Also keep in mind that I'll be going back to traditional watercooling once I can sell this TEC setup off
Yeah if you can cut down on the tub insanity that would probably help quite a bit
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hey now you don't need to cut holes into it to get some decent wire management. I'll post some pics of how I did mine in a second.




Ok, so I'll list some tips then tmrw I'll post an updated pic as this one I am showing you is messier than I have it right now.

So

#1. Utilize the hole in the upper left. The spot i circled in bright green in the upper left is a great spot to send small fan cables. I routed the exhaust fan cable (and now my CPU fan cable) through it and onto the back of the mobo tray to be connected to the PSU cables I have taped up back there.

#2. Route the cables behind the mobo tray. As you can see my main PSU connector goes right up the backside of the case (the red line). It's a tight fit getting the back side panel of the case on but it keeps it out of the way and is not noticeable. I went that route with the main cable as well as an additional cable to go up the right side and power the optical drives up there.

#3. Hard drive sata cables are easy in this. Route them over the hard drive cage towards the back, and then through the gap between the mobo tray and the 5.25 bays. I drew the path in pink.

#4. Use the little plastic thingy i circled in brown on the top to keep those cables together and towards the back.

#5. As you can see most of the PSU cables take a sharp left turn into the other PSU bay. This is where I store my extra cables. Then route the cables you need up and tape them to the back of the mobo tray where i make all the power connections I need.

thats all I can think of right now, I'll post back an updated pic that looks a lot neater.

Oh and also, just try and avoid using the 2 big holes in the divider as they just make things messier.
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post #10 of 15
Oh Wow...don't you hate how Lian Li cases get permanent fingerprints in the first five minutes...I know mine do..lol


Here's a thought...since you seem to like running that big old box wide open. How about some plain black 1/8" panels that would cover the whole backside of the mobo...they could be easily removable on stand offs. that way you could make maybe a 1/2" or 3/4" gap behind the cover panel to run any thing you want--you could centralize all your buses and relays and connectorators and stuffs behing the hide-it plate of black acrylic...and you would not have to look at your fingerprints.

That way you could use a lot more and better cable bloacks to tie down everything and even drill and bolt your more pemanent stuffs to the backside of the mobo...

As farr st the piddly fiddly twiddly wiring hassle ahead of you...

As Fishie sez good luck...

Being all OCD and everything I would have to completely take the whole rig apart and re do it from the ground up and sort it into something less sprawling and medusa like...you got a ton of things going on plumbing and electrical sordidly intertwined in an unholy and potentially conductive matrimony...

for my two cents I would do my best to centralize and hide all the associated wiring and then turn my attention to making that plumbing less freaky and complicated...you got plumbing on top of your plumbing...lol

But then again you know why it's the way it is..I am just going on a couple of pics..

In fact I would find a lil further away shot to help put it in perspective much more helpful than a close up...
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