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How To Video: Cable Management with Ties

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March 30, 2008 11:41:48 AM

We perform cable management to PC with PCP&C PSU in just over an hour with Cable Ties

Jay's "Opeth" Tribute system specs

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Abit IP35 Pro Motherboard
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Lian Li PC-7 plus midtower
PC Power & Cooling "Silencer" 610W
March 30, 2008 7:19:06 PM

Wow, cutting off PSU wires, I have never heard of that. Did it accur to anyone that the lose of those wires could not only create a very real possibility of a short, but also can allow the metal of the wires and in turn the components inside the PSU to corrode quickly? Please, kids at home, do NOT cut PSU wires EVER, its a very dumb thing to do for many more reason than I or the guy in the video have listed, especially when the term "warranty" is in use.

Thanks MonsterMawd for the video, it will help many people out and it even gave me an idea with my PC P&C 750w (No, I'm not going to cut the wires).
a b ) Power supply
March 30, 2008 7:41:40 PM

^ I have cut of/extend them to correct size, but after the introduction of moduler PSUs I haven't done it for a while. What you need to realize is that doing so WILL void the warranty and you have to be very careful. You must solder all cut ends and cover them with a good layer of electrical tape. A more neater/professional way is to de- solder the wires from PCB, but it depends on the PSU.

A better idea would be to cut holes in the case and reroute wires/ hide wires.
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March 31, 2008 10:28:29 AM

Agree, don't cut your PSU wires!

You have to wonder if/when PCP&C will produce a modular PSU?
April 1, 2008 9:52:39 PM

Cable job in Harley Davidson theme PC

April 2, 2008 12:53:18 PM

Well, my desk has an octopus coming out of it. I found some great sources for manageing those pc cables around your desk too!, cable safe My friend Dave turned me onto hook & loop velcro cable ties for organizing larger cables, sold here Theres also cable conduit you can use.
April 2, 2008 8:25:52 PM

I put extra, color coded, cable sleeves on the cables coming from my computers and run them under the carpet, just a little O.C.D. setting in.
April 3, 2008 4:53:04 AM

hehe ^ I wish I had a carpet under my desk.
April 5, 2008 12:21:44 PM

Ralf Hutter who reviews for silentpc-review, performs the cleanest & most air flow efficiant cable jobs I've seen yet.

Antec 3700

Thats how you use ribbon cables!

Antec 3700

Antec SLK2650-BQE
April 5, 2008 12:39:21 PM

Nice work with that! :) 
Monster, I see your AMD special in the background, looks like a monster! :D 
I have been meaning to sort out the cables and the PSU in my case so I'll do that today.
I'll post some pics to show the difference as well!

April 5, 2008 12:40:16 PM

Sorry, double post!
April 16, 2008 12:20:08 PM

Thank you! Ralf's secret is using flat ide cables that he can tuck away in cramp areas, versus the bulky ide rounded cables.
April 19, 2008 12:34:54 PM

Foamy brought his computer into the workshop again, so we've Before and After shot

April 19, 2008 7:23:17 PM

Still no purple RAM, GO PURPLE RAM!
April 22, 2008 5:48:32 AM

antec p182
April 28, 2008 10:46:50 AM

^ awesome job ifor! :ouch: 
a b ) Power supply
April 29, 2008 12:37:17 AM

Nice jobs on the wiring guys.
To me a wiring job is only as neat if the case allows you to and the CoolerMaster Cosmos (got the RC-1000), is not one of them.
Even my old cheap $45 case has better cable routing paths.

The Antec P180 cable management is better than the Cosmos.
April 30, 2008 9:24:49 AM

here is the backside.

and closeup.

and thank you, MonsterMawd.
April 30, 2008 10:06:57 AM

Great job Ifor, damn even the back is neat. I'm afraid to show the back of mine...

BUT i did go through and tidy things up a bit. Got some pics.


and After

April 30, 2008 10:35:18 AM

Ifor nice Xigmatek cooler. Looks pretty good lucuis, you just might want to rearrange how the 24 pin and other connectors around it come out, you should be able to make more organized and that is one of those areas where you need good cable management.
April 30, 2008 12:30:18 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Still no purple RAM, GO PURPLE RAM!

i thinks it is corsair XMS2, black and purple, good stuff too.
May 1, 2008 4:38:01 AM

Damn I feel retarded for never thinking to use the backside the mobo tray for that.
May 1, 2008 2:40:23 PM

Modular PSU? For the.. win? <3

Be careful routing cables directly behind your mobo (i.e. under the socket), it can cause damage.

As a side note, I was a telecom tech for a while, and zip ties / tie straps are the #1 used items when installing IADs, PBX solutions and the like :kaola: 
May 1, 2008 8:33:06 PM

the cables are NOT routed under the mobo but behind the mobo tray. big difference.
May 15, 2008 10:32:59 AM

Antec is now including holes and cable ties for cable management in their cases, check out the review of the P180 Mini we did over this past weekend, it's the latest blog entry