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Old 01-11-2008, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PSU Cable Extensions

I'm going to be modding my Antec 900 soon for better cable management. Nothing major, I'm just going to be drilling a few holes. But I'm a little worried that some of my cables won't reach anymore when I route them behind the motherboard. The ones I'm concerned about are the audio and USB cables for my case and the CPU power cable. How would I extend them and what would I need to do it?

Also, I really need a rounded IDE cable for my DVD drive and an old IDE HDD I've got. I was thinking about this one Newegg.com - StarTech Round ATA 100/133 IDE Cable Model IDE100RND24 - Retail but I was wondering if anyone has a cable that looks really nice or that they recommend or anything like that.

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Default Re: PSU Cable Extensions

Please do not bump or double post. Someone will see it eventually.

Here is a suggestion for the CPU power:
Newegg.com - Silverstone 6" ATX extension cable kit Model PP04 - Retail

I have this round IDE cable:
Newegg.com - Link Depot ATA133 UV Cable Model UV-ATA24-BK-3 - Retail
...works pretty well for me.

Here are some other extension cables:
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Ok, the cables that b1gapl linked you to should be good. With my setup, I only needed to extend the 8pin power connector to the motherboard. I went and photoshopped 2 pics of my build for you, to show where I routed my cables.... I saw that you are using a GA-P35-DS3R, and I have a GA-X38-DQ6. They appear to be layed out in a nearly identical fashion too (not sure about location of front panel audio connector on your though).

Anyways...... Here are 2 pics. First one is before mobo was installed, 2nd is after installation. Of the case cables, the ONLY ones I had trouble with were the power/reset/HDD LED cables... it is NOT long enough to be routed behind the mobo tray. This will be a rainy day project after the housework is done, lol.

Red - Location of the pin aux power cable is routed (the TRUE blocks the view when the mobo is in)
Blue - Location of the front audio cable is routed
Green - Location of where the USB/firewire cables are routed
Yellow - Location of where the 20/24 pin power cable is routed
Purple - Location of where all power cables are routed to the back of the mobo tray
Teal - Location of where the power/reset/LED cables were INTENDED to be routed, but they were too short

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Default Re: PSU Cable Extensions

B1, thanks for the extensions you linked to, I think they are just what I need.

Ethereal_Dragon, thanks for the pics, you've given me a better idea of where to drill all the holes. I have another question for you. Do you think I should put protective lining around the edges of the holes that I cut like what you have, or will filing them down until they are dull suffice? Thanks.
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I would imagine protective lining is better. But when you file them down, make sure it's rounded. Protective lining is more of a guarantee.
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Default Re: PSU Cable Extensions

I would URGE you to get some kind of protection for the edges.... I got them as smooth as I could, but it was still enough to cut into the wires.... (tested it on old wires).

I used the smallest automotive vacuum tubing that I found at a hardware store.... $0.22 a foot, got 10 feet, and still have about 8 feet left over, lol.
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Default Re: PSU Cable Extensions

Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll be making a trip to the local hardware store

edit - I just ordered the cables you suggested b1. Thanks again.
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I have been thinking.... not sure how well it would work, but you might be able to try some aerator tubing for a fish tank (the clear plastic hose for the bubbles.....) It might be too thin though. The tubing I used is alot thicker than that fish tank tubing, and I went with the black vacuum hose, to match the case.
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