Updated: How-to Cable Manage in the CM Storm Sniper
As promised, this post has transformed into a new beast. You gave your suggestions for improving the cable management and they have been duly noted. Some were feasible with the resources we have available, others needed some 3rd party items created for enthusiasts so we left those little guys off. This is, after all, a basic cable management guide!
As always, this is an open forum. If you have a better process that allows you to manage to tame the Kraken’s tentacles, please let me know and I will try it out. I’ll be sure to update the guide if I end up with better results from the new process.
Considerations Before you Begin
- Take your time – Like most projects, cable management is mostly planning and very little execution
- Check your supplies – Those that seek to mimic compulsive cable cleanliness behaviors will likely require many well placed cable and twist ties beyond what is provided in the box.
- Double check connections – It’s easy to get carried away and forget to attach something (I know I have, several times).
A peaceful setting that will explode with wires and, after some swift work, will become orderly once again. I suggest mapping out your process right from this point. I prefer to map it out in my mind first, but a simple stick figure like drawing on a piece of paper will suffice.
Initial Cable Routing Tasks
The first thing I do in every case build is run the front panel connectors, sans audio cable, behind the motherboard through the CPU retention hole in the motherboard tray. This is best achieved by mounting the motherboard with two screws. One screw can be at the top left and the other at the bottom right. This way you can lift the board up enough to adjust the cables as you go. When the cables are in place, make sure to pull them until they are snug and then affix the rest of the motherboard screws as you go.
Another method involves placing the cables prior to installing the motherboard. You can keep them in place by using some electrical tape. This type of routing is only recommended for somewhat experienced builders as the sharp solder points on the back of the motherboard can potentially pierce the cables and cause shorts. Do so any your own risk!
There are a few methods for routing system cables. I find it easier to secure cabling as I go. A clean look at the end and a fully functional computer are the only two real goals here so feel free to go off the path a bit. The general idea pictured below is to establish clear routing paths that avoid exposing the main system view to cable clutter.
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