Bengal System Upgrade Time
Published: 19th April 2016 | Source: Cablemod | Price: |
I did say at the start that my system is both a working rig and one that I don't remotely have the time to keep in trade show condition. However, it has been needing a good dust for a long time and this is the perfect opportunity to spruce everything up.
With the 24 pin ATX cable hard-wired onto the power supply the Cablemod is going to be more of an extension. Fortunately my NZXT Switch 810 has oodles of space behind the motherboard and I'm going to need every inch of it.
It's easy to find yourself too busy to take an hour every now and again to clear the grime from your system. With mine on most of the hours of the day, and coupled to good airflow from the Switch 810/Corsair fan combination it has definitely filled up with dust. Even a quick clean has spruced things up considerably, and left a lovely space for the new PSU and cables.
Isn't that better. Sure I haven't gone obsessive with cable ties and exact 90° angles, but when you're trying new things all the time, evolving your rig to your tastes and changing hardware, it's almost foolhardy to have cables exact to the millimetre when they might be moved before you know it. I'll swap a tiny bit of tidiness for flexibility every time.
The only new orange cables and shiny PSU have definitely brought some life and extra detail to the internals. They've also highlighted how much I'd like Corsair to come out with some orange rings for their 120mm fans as those red ones are nice but somewhat spoil the flow. They're better than the white or blue ones though sooo.
It's hardly the worlds most earth-shattering upgrade ever performed, but I think it's a much more realistic reflection upon how we use our systems. Few of us really change everything in one fell swoop, or have the money/connections necessary to make our rigs look perfect because they are almost disposable when the next upgrade takes place. Even a small change such as the installation of colour-coordinated cabling can revitalise a tired looking system. Next on the agenda, some lighting and some orange RAM.
Whilst the CM V850 was hardly loud, the BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 11 has definitely reduced the noise emanating from my system, so if you're plagued by a noisy power supply then I can heartily recommend it. The Cablemod package was a joy to work with and the extended lengths made routing them where they needed to be an absolute joy. The quality is insane for the money and you should definitely consider one of their packages next time you're looking to add a splash of colour to your system.
Let me know your thoughts in our forums. OCD cable management obsessives need not apply :)