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Is cable management really worth the time?

#1anonymous4everPosted 6/11/2012 4:57:54 PM
I used to do this, but in my latest build I said screw it and have cables going wherever is most convenient. I keep my side panel open most of the time anyway for easy access so it's getting plenty of airflow...I just blow the dust bunnies out ever week or so.

Sure it looks nice if everything is routed perfectly and hidden from view...but like 4 people see my PC on a regular basis. They are in awe anyway because they are used to crappy walmart machines.
#2LordSeiferPosted 6/11/2012 4:58:26 PM
i guess thats a personal question, like is making your bed worth the effort
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#3SamusFarronPosted 6/11/2012 5:17:57 PM
If your temps are running fine as is, then as long as it aesthetically doesn't bother you than no it isn't worth it.

And sometimes, it is a futile mission. If you have a relatively small case paired with a nice PSU that uses really thick shielded wiring and lots of options/cables, then there isn't much you can do. There are only so many places you can run or stuff unused cords or excess cord lengths.
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#4anonymous4ever(Topic Creator)Posted 6/11/2012 5:26:47 PM
SamusFarron posted...
If your temps are running fine as is, then as long as it aesthetically doesn't bother you than no it isn't worth it.

And sometimes, it is a futile mission. If you have a relatively small case paired with a nice PSU that uses really thick shielded wiring and lots of options/cables, then there isn't much you can do. There are only so many places you can run or stuff unused cords or excess cord lengths.


This is pretty much my scenario. My PSU is semi modular, but still has a ton of cabling in the main bundle. I try to tie stuff off so it looks somewhat neat but eventually I give up anymore.
#5gastamanPosted 6/11/2012 5:45:04 PM
For me, it's a must.
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#6tehdewmPosted 6/11/2012 5:49:48 PM
I would say yes, only because it took me about 10 minutes or so to get near perfect cable management. It makes it easier to clean out and looks much better.
#7NicoC96Posted 6/11/2012 5:49:52 PM
Its good for little things like keeping wires of the PCB or away from fans and heat sinks. I do cable management because it seems fun to me and it makes the computer look better. So it's all personal preference really.
#8anonymous4ever(Topic Creator)Posted 6/11/2012 6:07:08 PM
I think I made the slight mistake of choosing a PSU that wasn't quite designed for a case with a bottom PSU mount...some of my connections are quite stretched. Oh well I might try to tidy things up some later but it is definitely on the bottom of my list.
#9gastamanPosted 6/11/2012 6:10:24 PM
You could always purchase extensions for the cables that require longer runs.
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#10ihumpmypillow89Posted 6/11/2012 6:53:31 PM
That's one of the things that bugs the hell out of me, I always try and make everything look as cable free as possible, but the one thing that bugs me is my new case has a bottom mounted PSU and the 8 pin cable by the CPU has to stretch right over the graphics card and has like no other possible way to route it.
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