Ok, we have our I/O and our drives sorted out. Now it's time to sort out our motherboard power, 8pin and GPU power.
First things first, the tighter you can get the GPU and 24Pin connectors the better it will look, try and tie them to the case wherever you can, (again, use masking tape if you don't have any of those handy little recesses). For the 8Pin, run it around the back of the motherboard and out the top hole (if you have one, if not, make one!) and that's it
With your GPU cables you will most likely have 2 6/8 pins, plug them into your GPU and then cable tie them (in view) to a point where they are not being 'pulled' at the GPU end (I.E., so they cable isn't pulling on the card) and tie them down like your 24Pin
Step 4 : Admire your work
Here's what your case should look like once your done
*I'll update this later on with some more stuff to finish your job off
Anyway guys, I hope this guides helps you in your cable management adventures. Please let me know If you have any problems or any questions about your specific case... or tell me my cable management is crap
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On the outside, they look pretty, but on the inside they a mess of unsleeved cables (a bit like me then) Not really,that pun sucked
Couple of things that make them a minor annoyance:
1. Molex Power - It makes you crack out the wondrous 4pin cable and the cable clutter that goes along with them.
2. Fan Cables - You have to run the cables into the back of the controller or at least (like my fan controller) have a smaller cable which connects into the Controller PCB at one end and the other end is a traditional 3 pin connector.
Right, lets get to sorting these problems out:
Molex's: run them around the back of your motherboard from your PSU, then bring the connector (for power on the fan controller) across your case and behind your motherboard. Don't connect anything or tie anything up yet.
Get the fans wires you want to control behind your motherboard.You will have to hide any front panel fans,this is why you tied your sata data cables together. Tie them behind the sata cables (Ninja cables...oh yeah lol), an other fans can be put through the hole up the top (Where your 8pin was put through). Connect the fans to the 3 pin connection that you should have passed across the case behind the motherboard.
All your fans work?
But your not done yet. We have just connected the cables out of site, we gotta tie them down to minimize the space taken up behind your motherboard and also the mess going across your case.
Molex - tie them down to wherever you can in your case,those hooks come into play once more,if not,use some masking tape simple as.
Fan cables - Cable tie them all together so you can get a clean look running across your case. Tie the molex to them too. Place your Fan controller in the top 5.25 bay if possible to keep those cables out of the way as much as possible (you can see this on my rig, which you can see in step 4 of this guide.)
That should be you all done, repeat step 4 if you wish
*I know there any many types and brands of fan controller.If my tips aren't relevant to you,post up with your model or a picture of you current management and I'll help you with it*
Alright, time to hit multiple nails on the head right here:
In this part of the guide, I'll work through :
1.OEM Cases (Dell,HP's etc)
2.Cases with no Cable holes
And to make my job all that much more fun, my test subject has ALL of these. Hooray for me. Lets get started, shall we?
The computer I have is a Gateway tower, circa 1999. Here it is before I've done anything to it:
Its bad... really bad.
Lets fix this then!
First thing to do is unplug all the cables and remove the PSU if possible (You'll see why later). Once its done, it should look something like this:
: Why-oh Wires
OEM PSU's wont be sleeved,and not all PSU's you buy for your rig's will be either. So you will need to organize them a bit so you don't have cables tangles up.You can do this by using cable ties every few centimeters up the cable. I only did the 20 Pin because the other cables had to be placed in, and then cable tied.
Next step is to reattach your IDE Cables to your drives. IDE's are impossible to hide so lets just focus on keeping them out of the way of out airflow. Tie them (using cable ties) to your drive bay. 3.2mm wont be big enough to go around the IDE and through whatever your attaching it to. To get around them, "daisy chain" them together.
You should have something like this when your done:
Rinse and repeat for your DVD Drives, you may need to double it back in parts and cable tie them. Like this:
Time to put your PSU in and reconnect everything back up. Best thing to do is keep everything tight with cable ties and double it back like you did with your IDE Drives.
Cable tie all your front panel connectors together and hide the smaller cables behind the bigger ones. Connect them up and we are done!
That was easy wasn't it.
Enjoy your work
Big difference. Eh, not bad for an hours work. Just gonna throw in a disclaimer for anyone who is opening their case up for the first time:
''Opening your case may void your warranty and I, Deano12345, am not responsible for any damage/loss of warranty caused while carrying out any modifications/changes mention in this thread''
Happy Cable managing guys. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.