Update 4-06-12 - Christmas in April! (Click to show)
Update 4-17-12 - Laying out cable management (Click to show)
Update 4-18-12 - Removal of front panel, and sleeving measurements and order organization. (Click to show)
While waiting for my final tools for sleeving to come in, I decided to start calculating what I'll need for MDPC sleeve after I practice with Paracord. So, this is roughly what I've got:
14.5 inches for 4-pin molex to 2x FDD X 4 = 58 Inches
40.0 inches for 3x MOLEX X 4 =160
36.0 inches for 3x SATA X 4 = 144
26.0 Inches for 2x PCIe X 32 = 832
28.0 inches for 8-pin CPU X 8 = 224
26.0 inches for 20+4-pin Motherboard X 28 = 728
for a total of 2146 Inches which converts to 54.5 meters of sleeving. I then started seeing how much of a breeze it was going to build in this case.
Looks like everything is going to be a breeze to connect.
A little bit of a cluster bleep here. Think I should keep the PCIes where they are going through, or bring it down to the level of the motherboard and CPU? I think it looks less cluttered this way, but open to suggestions.
And the back panel.
That's all for now! Stay tuned as I plan on sharing my adventures sleeving the one of the worst PSUs one could tackle as a first time sleeving project!
Update 4-20-12 - Final orders placed, Lutro0 tool arrives, creative cable management (Click to show)
I removed the front panel today, and decided to sleeve most of those cables as well, since it seemed a bit too easy to get it out, and it should come apart easy enough.
Looks like I should be able to gently pull on the wires while adding pressure somewhere in the connectors. I couldn't see a simple tab or anything. Gonna be pulling all of those little boards out to get at the connections properly.
Not sleeving the USB 3.0, but will be sleeving the 2.0s, the SD card reader (which is just another USB 2.0), the LED switch, and the reset switch.
Power switch and power and HDD LEDs are going to be a bit easier. Maybe. I don't want to pull the switch apart, so I thought I'd be able to slide a piece of heatshrink all the way down as close as I can. This won't be seen, but it's there to hold the sleeve.
Radiator is going to be a little tight, but I think it will work. Once some of the cables are sleeved, I'll get a better idea of how pliable and manageable they will be. Might wind up looking like a rat's nest.
So the revised list for measurements for sleeving, and all required heatshrink (both for practice and final product) is as follows:
14.5 inches for 4-pin molex to 2x FDD X 4 = 58"
40.0 inches for 3x MOLEX X 4 =160"
36.0 inches for 3x SATA X 4 = 144"
26.0 Inches for 2x PCIe X 32 = 832"
28.0 inches for 8-pin CPU X 8 = 224"
26.0 inches for 20+4-pin Motherboard X 28 = 728"
40.0 Inches for frnt panel connections X 4 = 160"
35.0 Inches for USB 2.0 headers X 3 = 105"
70 Meters of sleeve. (It actually adds up to 61 meters or so, but I want extra, but not too much extra.
At least 192 pieces of heatshrink for regular wires. I think that covers all of the front panel connectors, sans the ones I need the SATA shrink for. So I'm thinking 400 to be safe.
plus one pack of SATA shrink
200 pieces of black Heatshrink for practice
I'm still thinking of just doing solid blue for all the sleeving, with matching blue heatshrink, but others have suggested black & blue sleeving with white heatshrink. I'm not really keen on that particular color scheme, though I would maybe do black and blue with respective matched heatshrink.
Still tossing ideas around, but want to make an order today.
I have to also add that this case is a BREEZE to work with. Solid construction, easy disassembly of most areas, and strong quality connections and wires.
I'm having a blast!
I was able to get my order in at MDPC-X.com the other day, and that should be here within a few weeks.
I also ordered the 2 meter model of the NZXT sring of white LEDs, and 4 NZXT 3 pin fan extensions.
Also, the Lutro0 Customs sleeving tool finally arrived!
So I'll finally be able to tackle some para cord if I want, or I can just wait until my MDPC order gets here, since I ordered extra shrink to use with the para cord. I'll probably still give it a little bit of a go with the para cord I have, and the crappy shrink, just to see how I do.
I originally was going to use three of the stock fans in the top as exhaust, then two of the other fans I bought in the front as intake, set to their highest speed, and controlled with my controller. One other extra fan would be inside angled towards the GPUs and not controlled other than opening up and changing speed. The final extra fan was to be in the rear as exhaust, with the switch inside. This turned out to be too much of a hassle, and with the stock fans being pretty good, I've changed it some.
All of the extra fans will be used in the top and rear, as exhaust:
The third top one won't go in until after I'm building, and have the fan controller in place, and all wires run for it.
To control the rear fan easier, I ran the switch outside the case, and affixed it with a little velcro:
And I did something similar with the top fans:
Cable management is going to be a cinch with this case:
I'll be sure to add pics when my other orders come in!