If you are lucky enough to witness the inner labyrinth of a high-end computer CPU, you might be amazed how neat and orderly the connecting cables were assembled. You might even find it curious how the designers were able to hide those multitudes of wires underneath the tray of the motherboard so that what you see are the clear and clean high end chips that those expensive rigs would want to boast about.
With a little imagination, you could actually rearrange the wires in your home-assembled PC so it will look very much like those expensive desktops you see at the display window of the PC store. However, without the help of some handy wire and cable assembler, you are nowhere near completing that neat cable assembly you often see at those expensive PCs.
Fortunately, technology provided us with products that made those wire rearrangements a very simple job even to a kid in third grade. All you have to do is to get a hold of those zip ties and with a little perseverance and patience like a schoolchild building his first tree house, you can now actually turn your home-assembled PC into a next generation desk-top assembly.
To start on your project, the first thing you need to do is to buy thoseever-essential cable restrainers. Of course, your PC cases might include some ties when you purchase the package and this might come in handy when you decide to put some order on the multitude of wires traversing the insides of your PC. If they are not enough for the wire rearrangement you have in mind, you can purchase additional ties in the cable-tie area of your favorite DIY shop or in Radio Shack.
For the project you have in mind, the plastic zip tied intosmall sizes would be convenient and very economical, since you can buy them in packages of 100s for more or less $5. Of course you won’t be using all of those 100 zip ties in your computer project but if you buy in singles, you might be using so many that after buying 20 single zip tie, you might be surprised that you had spend almost $5 already. So buy wholesale spending the same amount of money and simply stack away those extra zip ties for future use.
A more expensive alternative is using Velcro straps to group the wirings inside your PC. The advantage of this is that you can unfasten the Velcro strips and regroup the wirings inside your PC in a different configuration if you found out that the final set-up is not up to your standard. If you used zip ties, the only way you can rearrange the wires is to cut the zip ties and start all over again using new zip ties.
If you want to get the advantage of Velcro straps in terms of rearrangement, but you do not want to spend a lot of money, then twist ties are an acceptable solution. You simply twist those neat twist ties on a group of cables and untwist it if you want to transfer it to another group of cables.
To make the rearrangement clean as you go, it will be advisable to have a wire snip handy. The purpose of this tool is to cut the extra length of the zip ties, once you have pulled it in place. You will also needcable wrangler adhesive, so you can have those bundles of cables pinned or strapped to the case for a more clean-shaven look.
If you are the tech savvy type and you clearly want to send others that message, then using flex tubing and heat shrinking tubes to your cables is the way to go. The advantage to this kind of products is that your friends will be impressed on how you were able to compress those many wires into one thin tube. The answer is simple if you know it, but mind bungling if you do not know the technology behind it. The way it works is simple, you insert a large tube that looks like rubber into those bundle of wires.Then as you heat it with your soldering iron or heat blower, it shrinks and bundles those group of wires so tight that one will wonder how one was able to enter those many wires inside one tiny rubber tube. Of course, you do not start with a tiny little rubber tube but with a bigger heat shrinking tube, but how can they know that!
Therefore, once you have the right kind of material, rearranging that multitude of wires inside your computer will be a walk in the park. Buy the necessary materials, assess the situation, and figure out the best way you can rearrange the cables inside your much beloved PC. All you need is a little imagination and you will be able to arrange them in a way you want them to be.