I've been building computers for a long time, and I was curious about a couple things when it comes to cable management..
I usually install all of the hardware first and make sure everything is working properly, then go back and re-route all of my cables to get the cleanest look and best airflow possible.. So, essentially, I build the same computer twice.. In all, it takes about 4 hours to get to the final result..
My current system has a couple issues.. Here's a list of my system components to give you an idea of what I'm up against.. Heheh..
CoolerMaster Stacker 832 Case
Thermaltake ToughPower 850w Modular PSU
Thermaltake Power Express 650w VGA PSU
ASUS Crosshair II 780a Motherboard (24-pin and 8-pin power)
CoolerMaster V8 (Beta version) Heatsink + Fan (4-pin CPU Fan)
1 Rear 120mm Exhaust fan (3-pin fan connector)
2 Front 120mm Intake fans (2x 3-pin fan connector)
1 Topmount 120mm Exhaust fan (3-pin fan connector)
2 Underside 120mm Intake fans (2x 3-pin fan connector)
4x2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 Tracer RED LEDs
3x MSI GTX260 OC 896MB PCI-Express x16 (6x 6-pin PCI-Express power)
2x 500GB SATA 3.0/GBs (2x SATA Power + SATA)
2x 320GB SATA 3.0/GBs (2x SATA Power + SATA)
1x 250GB SATA 3.0/GBs (SATA Power + SATA)
1x 250GB IDE (Molex power + IDE)
1x Samsung DVD-RW SATA (SATA Power + SATA)
SupremeFX PCI-x1 SoundCard (Front audio connector)
I tried to list each part and the connectors that are used.. My biggest issue in trying to route everything is that I'm running out of places to route stuff.. LOL!! I need to drill out a hole in the back of the case to pass the 650w VGA PSU power cable through since I don't have any open slots in the back of my case..
I guess the simple question is how do YOU generally route your wires, and what do you route first?? Any other thoughts or ideas are appreciated..