Cable Management mod for ATX power

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  1. 192.168.0.1

    192.168.0.1 Member

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    Was talking with another member of the forum lastnight about Murdermod products. I was upset at their pricing and the look is okay for some styles of cases, but for others it's so-so. I thought of my own little mod that may make my case management a little more cleaner :)

    I decided to do this on a cheap motherboard as opposed to my 780i at the moment. Please if your confident with this, give it a try and post your results in the comments.

    20pin ATX + 4pin_12v mod
    1 x Soldering Iron (20w)
    1 x Cut off ATX power cable (dead powersupply)
    1 x Motherboard
    1 x Powersupply
    1m of shrink tube
    Roll of Solder /w Flux
    1 x 3 Burnt fingers :mad:

    The goal of this is to totally whipe that ugly power cable from the front of the board. In my HAF932 having the cable looks crap, I will cut a hole behind both the 24-pin ATX and EPS12v (8pin) connectors to pass this mod through.

    Also this mod will be done a tad dogey due to me working 6 days a week and tonight being the only night i have off. The better method would repin all the cut off ends into a Female 20/24 pin connector for a flush fit.

    Less talk more pictures

    #1 - Original Board
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    #2 - Rear of Board
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    #3 - And more....
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    #4 - First one soldered
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    #5 - The workbench
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    #6 - Moar..
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    #7 - Cables/Connectors used
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    #8 - All lines connected
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    #9 - 20pin cables
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    #10 - 4pin_12v connections
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    #11 - Connecting to powersupply
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    #12 - End result :)
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    #13 - Close up
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    Video up soon

    System works well, looks great :)
    Thanks for looking.
     
  2. hendot

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    I've thought about doing this a few times, but never had time or motivation.
    Top work :thumbup:
     
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    wow i never thought of that, that would be AWESOME cable management
     
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    Thanks hendot ;)

    After spending the time doing it, burning my hands i'm still happy it worked out good. I love my cable management though. So it's worth it :leet:
     
  5. Spork!

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    nice and original. :thumbup:
     
  6. CHemical.

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    Never thought of that before. top work :thumbup:

    Do you mind if i do the same thing to my old board and call it your idea??
     
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    Go for it man, more the merrier. I really did this mod as a share mod. I wanted to get the idea out there, before i do it on my 780i :lol:
     
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    awesome job. it's so weird seeing nothing pugged into that fat socket :lol:
     
  10. Sundarjee77

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    Super impressive!

    That looks great, I'm sure a lot of people will start doing this mod :thumbup:
     
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    Here is the promised video, sorry about the angle

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  12. Skobb

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    Lol, before I even read anything I knew what you were going to do somehow haha

    Good work :thumbup:

    LOL scissors.. Class :p
     
  13. xXxDarkness

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    Nice I wish i could do that
     
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    I'm glad no one saw the cooking tin for my soldering iron or the rotten apple core :o ;)
     
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    I'd be worried about the solder getting to high temps due to the current draw under load on high powered (i7, S775 Quad) systems. :wired:
     
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    what do you think they use on the mobo from factory?
     
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    But your whole board is soldered together.

    edit: @ chopper LOL
     
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    So what temp is the solder you used rated for? Did you calculate how much current that joint of x.xx mm diameter can handle or how hot it would get under maximum load? What about the effects of fatigue on the joint from movement or even heat cycling?

    You can do it if you want - but if it was me, I wouldn't be doing it on my prize system or a system that I leave running 24/7.

    That's all I was saying. :) It's definitely a good idea though, once all the above concerns are accounted for. :thumbup:
     
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    I'd like to thinkg a 24\7 system would have LESS heat cycling, cause it would go from hot to hotter, rather than cool to hotter all the time :p
     
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    I wasn't saying running it 24/7 would be worse from a heat cycling perspective (as obviously that comes from shutdown-startup cycles) - my point there was that I wouldn't want to come home after a couple of days away to find some of the ATX wires had broken off and shorted onto the case or something like that. ;)

    Anyway are there any pics of this mod finished? How much clearance is required behind the motherboard? :confused: :thumbup:
     

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