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i know there are a few threads about this already, but none of them really answered my question. how big a difference in air flow does have good cable management make? would i actually see a drop in temps? right now i haven't routed any cables behind the mb tray but i want to do it if i know the results are worth the effort, besides just looking better.

also i saw in a thread someone had reversed the HDD in the cage and mounted it that way. it looked very clean and nicely done. i tried to do it to mine tonight and i had the cables routed and all but when i went to screw it in, the holes didn't line up. what did you have to do to be able to screw the HDD in?

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It all adds up!
Restrictions are created by the cables!
Unsure on the inverted HD config.
    
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also, currently my idle temp is about 25, load is about 55 and my graphics card idle and load are 43 and 65. are all those temps ok? or should i lower the OC and get more air to them?
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Yes they are.
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also i saw in a thread someone had reversed the HDD in the cage and mounted it that way. it looked very clean and nicely done. i tried to do it to mine tonight and i had the cables routed and all but when i went to screw it in, the holes didn't line up. what did you have to do to be able to screw the HDD in?
You will have to drill new holes in the hard drive cage.

ETA:

Look here: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=126395

Read the caption above the 5th picture in the first post.


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STAGE 2 – DRIVE CAGE MODS

In order to get the clean appearance I wanted, I needed to mount the drives in the opposite direction as designed. I had to drill extra holes in the drive cages (in the picture below, note that the one cage has the extra holes while the other one is stock. I was able to use one of the stock holes.
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how big a difference in air flow does have good cable management make? would i actually see a drop in temps?
It's not just cable management but case also. I used to have a Mid-Tower and the air-flow was very minimal inside so temps remain a bit high for my taste, but overall it does help to a certain point.
But better on a bigger case, such as a Full-Tower.


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also i saw in a thread someone had reversed the HDD in the cage and mounted it that way. it looked very clean and nicely done. i tried to do it to mine tonight and i had the cables routed and all but when i went to screw it in, the holes didn't line up. what did you have to do to be able to screw the HDD in?
The whole should line up. Except the drives may end being longer in one end. On the inside I believe.

At least that's how it worked in my Thermaltake Shark.
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i didnt drill any extra holes .
i just used 2 screws to mount the drives . the 2 holes . on the back of the hard drive cage .
the drives are pretty solid in there .
hope that helps .
good luck .
cheers .

they will extend out of the cage .
as you can see .
cheers .
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post #8 of 16
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i'll have to look at and try again. i really love the way it looks reversed like that.

on a side note, anyone else hate how having the psu on bottom makes the sata power cables reversed? it is going to be a pain in the butt to hook up two dvd drives to one cable now...
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post #9 of 16
cable management can be functional, but in a 900 it's purely for looks. we have so much air pouring through our cases, everything gets cooled. the 200mm blowhole is big enough to pull air directly over the CPU heatsink and your memory while the front fans and side fan will push fresh air straight onto your video card.

if you aren't comfortable cutting holes in your brand new case, i strongly recommend you try to do something different and buy some cable wrap. instead of trying to hide all your cables, just make them look good
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post #10 of 16
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i think i've done a decent job so far. i might get some wire shroud at some point though, but i just like the way the reversed drive looks
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