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Cable Management - Even With a Shitty Case
i have a shitty HP system in shitty hp case and the wiring was so terrible that my 7950GT would idle at 83 degrees celcius and on load would reach 130 and crap out
my amd x2 5200 @ stock sat at 55 degrees idle
so i decided to go for some cable management
i was reluctant to try cable management before, because i always said to myself, "ah hp is crappy the case probably doesnt have any cable management features"
but i was wrong, it had two perfect holes (DO NOT MAKE SEXUAL JOKES):
now, the biggest problems with HP and other oem PCs are, they are crammed with junk, not only software wise (with 500 million free trial softwares that just eat up your memory), but hardware
i had a TV tuner with inch-thick cables running to the front panel in it (i dont use the TV and have not since i bought the pc), a giant fucking box used for hot swapping external HDDs (major airflow blocker), and all the front panel audio connectors were an inch thick, unnecessarily long and horrible for airflow (some were just wrapped around my 7950GT ffs)
with brute force and some intelligence, i managed to rip out the hotswap box, shove all the front panel connectors inside the cage that used to hold the box, and remove the TV tuner. now my 7950GT had 100% unblocked airflow
and guess what
my 7950gt had a 2molex-to-1pcie adapter, and one of the molexes was hooked up to the adapter only - NOT ENOUGH POWER
when i connected it, finished my cable management, airblasted the fucking case and hooked it all back up, new temps and benchmarks:
7950GT idle: 66 degrees
full load after hours of gaming: 96 degrees
i used to get 40 FPS in CSS and unplayable in TF2. after plugging in the second molex, 100FPS almost constant in CSS, and 60s 70s for TF2 (drops to unplayable if there are 16 sentries with 4 uber pyros and all that action and shit but its not too bad)
my x2 5200 idles at 36 and loads at 62 now
what a fucking difference
i sat down for an hour to do some cable management and ended up with 30 degree celcius temp imporvements, 60FPS gaming imporvements, and most of all, i ended up with the pride that i actually did something to help my computer run better, not just running to the Geek Squad and making them do a terrible job again
WOW! That is very impressive. I need to sit down and do some cable management myself sooner or later. Post some pics up asap! I want to see this
Agreed, I'd like to see some pictures of this. I did a half decent job with cable managment in my new PC but I ran outa velcro and zip ties so everything is kind of wedged in places to keep it out of the way. The way the PSU is and the case is set up, its very hard to get some cables to where they need to go. If I could get some sort of extenders for the cables it would be fantastic, or even buy longer cables if they have them since the PSU is modular. Either way, I'd definitely like to see how you arranged everythign in there.
with brute force and some intelligence, i managed to rip out the hotswap box, shove all the front panel connectors inside the cage that used to hold the box, and remove the TV tuner. now my 7950GT had 100% unblocked airflowwv wsgergt
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