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Need some case tidying help :( (sorta big post)

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Insanity, 28 May 2006.

  1. Insanity

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,747

    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    Hey, just gettin ready for my next major rebuild and i wanna keep everything as tidy as possible, but i need some tips.

    Basically this is what im working with:

    - Antec Trueblue 2.0 PSU
    - NZXT Guardian Case (Quiet! :p)
    - Abit KN8-SLI Board
    - 3 Fans (two in the rear, one in the window)
    - Cathode and controller
    - Everything else that goes in a case

    Ok! Anyway, first problem is my case (which i cant afford to upgrade just yet). This thing is built well, but is lacking as far as not having a motherboard tray, limited space and fans in stupid places, as seen here:

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    Second problem is my new motherboard layout (when it finally arrives :rolleyes: ). As seen here:

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    (Sorry about the big pics)

    My main worry is the ATX4P1 plug at the bottom. Im not sure if the cables on my psu will be long enough to go around the board (trying to avoid crisscrossing above the board), or if i will have to run it under the board... cause im pretty sure the molex is slightly bigger than the motherboard stand-offs.

    Thirdly is my PSU, its not modular, and none of the molexes are sleeved. I was thinking about using some heatshrink on it, but im not overly keen on de-wiring all the molexes and then re-wiring them again.

    On the upside, my harddrive is SATA, and i have rounded IDE cables for my floppy and dvd drives.

    So where should i even begin? (and dont say by ditching the case, cause that aint gonna happen yet :p)
     
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  2. Insanity

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2005

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    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    Anybody? :confused:
     
  3. Yewen

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

    Posts: 17,699

    Location: Leeds

    Will get some time later to post a little bit of advice, have not got tim now as I have to rush out.

    =Space Reserved=

    Is there any space between the rear panel and the CD drives?
     
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  4. Xez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,021

    Location: Lincolnshire

    The connecter at the bottom is only if you have SLI that might need some more power through the board. Otherwise you dont need to use it. I cant help you on the case though :p
     
  5. Brizzles

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,563

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    " Thirdly is my PSU, its not modular, and none of the molexes are sleeved. I was thinking about using some heatshrink on it, but im not overly keen on de-wiring all the molexes and then re-wiring them again."

    De-wiring ?

    Removing molexes is a breeze.

    Either buy a "molex removal tool" or use a very small screwdriver to do it.

    Excellent guide to Molex ( and Floppy Drive connector ) removal with screwdriver here :

    http://www.moddin.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3625

    Braiding and heatshrink guide here :

    http://www.spodesabode.com/content/article/braiding

    Might take a couple of hours to remove/braid+heatshrink it all , but worth it.


    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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  6. Raikiri

    Capodecina

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    Location: Brighton

    Get some black 4mm sprial wrap for the USB/front audio leads as it looks much neater and can also be used for fan cables (50p per metre).

    Install the HD's so the power/ide/s-ata faces the front and route the sata/ide under the drive to the connectors and the power cables behind the cd rom drives and then down the the HD.

    Don't install the optical drives in the top space, leave that to hide and spare cables.
     
  7. tim_enchanter

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

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    Location: On the Hill

    Also I'm not to sure heatshrink would be a good idea, I don't know what kind you use but the stuff I use at work would make your cables go fairly rigid once shrunk. Use Sleeving or Braiding. In your pic you have what look like the two front usb cables... will they not go around the back of the drive cages with the other front panel cables?

    Mrdbristol I'm disappointed, I was beginning to think every post of yours would make me laugh !! :D
     
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  8. Brizzles

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,563

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    A momentary lapse into sensibility !


    This is what I use for cable management


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    Cheers,

    Mark

    60% Teacher
    30% Alcoholic
    20% Mathematician
     
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  9. tim_enchanter

    Wise Guy

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    Rofl That's what I was hoping to see :D
     
  10. KizZ

    Soldato

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    Location: Lincoln

    Lol :D
     
  11. Brizzles

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,563

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    I realise my last post was stupid.

    I obviously forgot to remove the molex connectors.

    This is my final tip :

    [​IMG]

    cheers,

    Mark
     
  12. Insanity

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,747

    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    Thanks for your tips everybody, keep 'em comin'.

    @ Yewen, there is hardly any room between the cd drive bay and the other side panel. (if thats what you meant)
     
  13. Yewen

    Capodecina

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    Location: Leeds

    Easiest advice to give you is to do one cable at a time hiding it, and do the power ones last. (Also install the power supply last if you can, case permitting)

    When youve got it all in take a picture and post it up; should be able to insult you for the mess and then help you tidy it up. :p
     
  14. Insanity

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Tasmania (Australia)

    lol alright, will do.