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14 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 
Looking for Cable management tips.

Hey,I'm new and I was looking around and well this is the only place that seemed right. I have a problem with my cable management in my case (antec 900) does anyone have any tips that would be very helpful also if I posted this in the wrong place or if there's a thread for this please tell me. Thank you all.


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14 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Can you post a picture or describe the problem? Cases differ so much it's hard to give generic advice.

Or you could type antec 900 cable management into google and look at the youtube videos.
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14 Jan 2011   #3

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Twist ties & zip ties work well

But I got a bigger cable management problem


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14 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Ok once I clean out all the dust that gathers in there ill give you and image. Btw that looks like my high schools server room before I got in there. lol Also thank you for quick response's.
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14 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The best solution to cable management issue is velcro cable tie rolls
Amazon.com: Velcro Cable Tie Roll, 3/4" x 5 yards: Electronics

You take a roll of this stuff, cut it and wrap it around your cabling. The advantage to the velcro is that if you later need to remove it, or add a wire, etc...you don't have to cut it like a zip tie...but instead just open it up, add to it and wrap it back on itself.

My second trick is to use colored electrical tape to hold down small wires and such. Just tape them to the side of the case in a non-obvious location. Helps to keep them tidy and looking sharp. Also, you can use it to bundle a couple of small cables together. I don't wrap the wires from end-to-end, but rather just tape them every few inches and I use a very small amount of tape.

The third trick is simply to take lots of time. Getting a good cable job simply takes time to think it out and run the wires properly. I probably look at the case for up to 2 hours just placing parts and thinking it over before I even start to permanently mount anything and clean up the cables.
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14 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Thank you also. Would anyone have any ideas on how to keep dust out like filters or something.
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14 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would expect that your Antec already has filters. I have 2 Antec Sonata II's and an Antec P182 at my house and all 3 have filters and I get next to no dust in my machines at all. Even sitting near the floor, in my basement, with a house with pets (cat and dog).

You can make cheap dust filters with pantyhose that you can use to cover fans and openings and such.

Edit: just looked up the 900 and it doesn't have a dust filter. But the new Antec 902 does have one. I don't purchase cases anymore without dust filters. They are a requirement for me.

Heck, even the cheapo Antec 300 has dust filters in the front. What a bad choice on the 900 to leave them off. I'm sure it's to increase air flow....but I'd gladly give up a small amount of air flow to keep the dust out of my case.
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14 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

I was always a fan of using twist-ties instead of zip-ties as it's easy to add and remove cables from a bundle.

I second the idea of using pantyhose for an easy dust filter. There are a lot of other options as well like cutting up a furnace air filter, thin cotton padding, stretching most cottons. All of them will have a tradeoff between collecting more dust, and decreasing airflow.

I think there are some relatively simple plastic filters you can buy online as well for 120mm fans, and their benefit is that you can just rinse them off to clean.
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14 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Alright then thank you all. I'm going to go try it out now. Thank you again.
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14 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Let us know how it goes
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