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Keep it tidy: PC cable management tips for amateurs

Tired of all the messy cables hanging everywhere from your computer? Well, here are some cable management tips that will help you get a slick and neat look.


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PC cables driving you crazy? In order to sort out this situation, you need to take some steps.

Cable management for amateurs

Visualise your end goal

It is very important to plan ahead instead of piecing things together as you go. It’s very likely that you will run into a problem that will require you to start from scratch and trust me, you don’t want to spend hours assembling and disassembling what you’ve worked so hard on. I’d go as far as suggesting that you draw a diagram of your plans.

Try as much as possible to avoid diagonal lines and cable crossing for a cleaner look. Keep in mind that due to small variances, you will likely need to tweak a few things as you go along.

Take care of smaller cables first

Assuming that your computer is fully assembled, get all your large cables out of the way. Use small zip ties to clean up smaller cables and you can use existing case crevices to hide them.

You can also use the empty cavity behind where DVD drives go to hide the extra length of front I/O cables. On the motherboard’s side, use memory slot lines to hide your runs. Always keep in mind where your thicker runs will go, because you can also use them to hide your thin runs later.

Planning ahead is very important.

You have the option of running the GPU power cable from underneath for a cleaner look or from the top if you might want a bit of sag support. You will likely end up with a possibly unavoidable mess of unused cables on the side of your PSU if yours is non-modular. I would consider buying a fully modular PSU to combat this and give you a cleaner look overall.

Things to consider

  • Leave SATA cables for last, because the drive side connectors are often very flimsy and are easy to loosen or break off while you are busy running or tightening something else
  • Sometimes rotating a fan can give its cable a cleaner run
  • Label your fan connectors. This makes it easier to reconfigure your airflow and your RGB patterns once it’s not obvious anymore which cables belong to which fan
  • If you can’t hide a thin cable run, some basic wire mesh helps it look a lot more professional and flattening the run beforehand helps avoid those snake meal mesh bumps

While it won’t improve your computer’s performance, better cable management will make it more eye-catching. Nobody wants to look at a mess every day so try out these tips and show your PC the love it deserves. With a cleaner look, it will be easier to show off the beast that lies beneath.

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