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 Post subject: My disasterous cable management
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm 
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My antec 900 rig currently looks like this: Image
Obviously, it is bad. (Plus, you like that extra fan taped to my hyper 212+)
I have never done any modding before. I think that I might be able to drill so holes 'n stuff to make it look better and have better airflow. Where should I drill the holes, and with what should I drill them with?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:26 pm 
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Take all of the drive bays and dvd/cd drives out then put the two fans on top and the dvd drive as far down as it will go. This should give you 2 5.25inch bays free to shove your extra cables in. I also route all of my cables behind the mobo tray.
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And yes all of those wires can fit behind the mobo tray and next to the drive bays. On the back.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:54 pm 
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I did what you suggested, and it looks slightly better.
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Run the 8-pin cpu power chord under the GPU. And you should get some zip ties for that mass of cable it will make the bundle look smaller.


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This is going to take a full weekend to do it cleanly. You can clean it up in an hour, but there's still some issues to deal with.

The "CPU power" or whatever they call it now, can be routed behind the motherboard plate. It's not like we take off the right side panel a lot to muck with it. Is there no hole at the bottom to kick it into? Feel like making one?


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Chumly wrote:
This is going to take a full weekend to do it cleanly. You can clean it up in an hour, but there's still some issues to deal with.

The "CPU power" or whatever they call it now, can be routed behind the motherboard plate. It's not like we take off the right side panel a lot to muck with it. Is there no hole at the bottom to kick it into? Feel like making one?


There is a hole directly behind the PSU, but the actual 8 pin power connector cord is not long enough to be routed behind the motherboard, back into the case via the top right cutout, and then all the way to where it needs to be plugged in.


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Where should I drill the holes, and with what should I drill them with?
Where: wherever they'll work best (read: where you feel they should be.) ;)
What with: a Unibit (AKA step drill.) They'll cut thru sheetmetal quickly and cleanly - nearly zero burr, no snagging.
I'm betting that two stragecially-placed holes in there will let you route the CPU power cable behind the tray.

And, some zip ties will help a lot to organize, hold, tie down, and bundle everything up.

As Chumly said, really cleaning that up will take a weekend. Step one of drilling holes in the case: completely tear the system down to a bare case.
It can be made nice & neat; it'll just take some time & effort.


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The problem is the psu mount on the antec has it so the power cables come out near the side panel with the window the best thing to do would be to cut a hole in the bottom and flip around the psu so it brings in air from the bottom then put a hole below where the motherboard is sitting and another one on the motherboard tray behind where the cpu is located.


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You know, these cases are rather a bit annoying. Seriously, why design a case that mounts the PSU exclusively on the bottom? It makes absolutely no sense at all. Poor design work all around, those. I have to agree with Danthrax on his recommendation, it's the best way.


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You know, these cases are rather a bit annoying. Seriously, why design a case that mounts the PSU exclusively on the bottom? It makes absolutely no sense at all. Poor design work all around, those. I have to agree with Danthrax on his recommendation, it's the best way.


That's why there are millions of cases to choose from not everyone likes every style which is why I hate recommending cases 90% of the time. The case is the one part you should decide on yourself when building. I think the antec is ok wouldn't get it again though too many little things that need changed and that other cases do better for the same price point.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:28 am 
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Drill the holes. It's the only way to keep an Antec 900 organized. There are a bunch of tutorials available on Google - just search "Antec 900 cable management." It's not hard if you have the right tool.

This is how one of mine came out, and I didn't drill the CPU Power hole or flip the PSU.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N08/4401105511/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N ... otostream/


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Massive improvements in your second attempt.


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Oh, and just for reference - it's a lot easier to use a circular saw bit. I bought a set of different width bits at Home Depot for $20 - you just have to hold the case still and drill, no cutting.


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Drill the holes. It's the only way to keep an Antec 900 organized. There are a bunch of tutorials available on Google - just search "Antec 900 cable management." It's not hard if you have the right tool.

This is how one of mine came out, and I didn't drill the CPU Power hole or flip the PSU.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N08/4401105511/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N ... otostream/


very nice.

The only problem is, I very much doubt that my parents will be all that happy with me drilling holes in my metal case.


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Drill the holes. It's the only way to keep an Antec 900 organized. There are a bunch of tutorials available on Google - just search "Antec 900 cable management." It's not hard if you have the right tool.

This is how one of mine came out, and I didn't drill the CPU Power hole or flip the PSU.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N08/4401105511/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N ... otostream/


very nice.

The only problem is, I very much doubt that my parents will be all that happy with me drilling holes in my metal case.


Well is it your case or theirs?


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jct270 wrote:
Oh, and just for reference - it's a lot easier to use a circular saw bit. I bought a set of different width bits at Home Depot for $20 - you just have to hold the case still and drill, no cutting.


Are you talking about a "holesaw"? A circular saw bit is a blade not a bit and is only good for straight lines.


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Ctbnj wrote:
jct270 wrote:
Drill the holes. It's the only way to keep an Antec 900 organized. There are a bunch of tutorials available on Google - just search "Antec 900 cable management." It's not hard if you have the right tool.

This is how one of mine came out, and I didn't drill the CPU Power hole or flip the PSU.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N08/4401105511/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N ... otostream/


very nice.

The only problem is, I very much doubt that my parents will be all that happy with me drilling holes in my metal case.


Well is it your case or theirs?


My case. Their house. Their health insurance.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:31 pm 
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Yes, you're right about the name. It's a bi-metal hole saw.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... CcQ8gIwAw#

Your parents shouldn't care. It's not exactly dangerous and pretty hard to mess up.


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Ctbnj wrote:
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Drill the holes. It's the only way to keep an Antec 900 organized. There are a bunch of tutorials available on Google - just search "Antec 900 cable management." It's not hard if you have the right tool.

This is how one of mine came out, and I didn't drill the CPU Power hole or flip the PSU.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N08/4401105511/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/45796367@N ... otostream/


very nice.

The only problem is, I very much doubt that my parents will be all that happy with me drilling holes in my metal case.


Well is it your case or theirs?


My case. Their house. Their health insurance.


Then its their case. Don't cut it.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:44 pm 
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Or you could wear leather work gloves and safety glasses? The method I'm talking about doesn't spark and doesn't send metal fragments hurtling at high speeds towards your brain / arteries.

If you used a jigsaw it would be a problem, but this isn't. The only other option is to zip tie some of those cables together because it looks like a rat's nest.


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