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I wanted more desk space, and for it to be easier to clean, so I spent most of a dull Saturday tidying up my desk and my cables.

 

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I also fitted my case with some rimz yo. The cables are bundled in a way so I can just roll it out when I need to vacuum. ^^

 

 

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Looks great, man. I have been wanting to clean up my desk for ages now but never got around to actually doing it. Also, the fact that there's not much space above or beneath my desk doesn't help much. Perhaps, when I move my setup to a bigger table like yours, I can actually make it look pretty.

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My desk is cluttered too, mainly because the printer takes up most of the room on it. I don't care though, because I only ever used my desktop computer 3 times since I got my laptop.

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I'm really impressed man. Honestly. I think I need to do something like that with my setup. Looks great. icon14.gif

 

- BTW, what kind of mouse is that?

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Bravo. Not liking how your "Before" is a hell of a lot tidier than mine at the moment, though tounge.gif

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BTW, what kind of mouse is that?

It's a Logitech G7 Limited Edition which I've had for five years or so. Haven't found a suitable replacement for it yet. smile.gif

 

Thanks for the comments. I used these neat adhesive velcro cable binders to hold the cables in place. Makes it very easy to route a new cable if you get a new appliance or the like.

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4 things...

1. That power strip looks like a standard power strip. Not good. You should be using a surge protector or better still a UPS (battery backup)

2. It's not a good idea to run audio and video cables parallel to each other. Well that's mostly for home entertainment systems. However for PC I still try to follow that rule for at least the audio cables.

3. What is the black box mounted under the desk?

4. Want to free up even more desktop space? Have a look http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtop...st&p=1060311662

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1. That power strip looks like a standard power strip. Not good. You should be using a surge protector or better still a UPS (battery backup)

Oh. Well, I've used that thing for years. Had power surges and cuts numerous times, but haven't had any trouble.

 

 

2. It's not a good idea to run audio and video cables parallel to each other. Well that's mostly for home entertainment systems. However for PC I still try to follow that rule for at least the audio cables.

The only audio cable that runs parallel to the DVI cable from the monitor, is the mini-jack one running from the subwoofer to the PC. Haven't noticed any interference.

 

 

3. What is the black box mounted under the desk?

Battery charger and receiver for my wireless mouse. It comes with two li-ion batteries, so one's always charging. smile.gif

 

 

4. Want to free up even more desktop space? Have a look http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtop...st&p=1060311662

I did see those earlier, and they've very neat indeed. Problem is, I don't really have anywhere to mount them. My desk it sort of attached to the wall, so I can't just slide it out and clamp them on.

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Oops I screwed up and got distracted. The rule is not to have audio/video cables running parallel to power cables.

 

The arm can be mounted through a hole in the desk. Also you can get one that mounts to the wall http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00358RFJ8/

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Very nice! Much cleaner look, for sure. I definitely need to do something like this. Although all my wires are primarily crammed behind my TV stand (computer hooked up to my TV), it's a mess back there and just gets worse over time. Grouping them together would be smart. It's make clean up/dusting the area and removing the computer for cleaning much easier than untangling all the wires every time.

 

What's all this about not running video and audio cords parallel? Assuming it affects the quality of each other?

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Very nice! Much cleaner look, for sure. I definitely need to do something like this. Although all my wires are primarily crammed behind my TV stand (computer hooked up to my TV), it's a mess back there and just gets worse over time. Grouping them together would be smart. It's make clean up/dusting the area and removing the computer for cleaning much easier than untangling all the wires every time.

 

What's all this about not running video and audio cords parallel? Assuming it affects the quality of each other?

It's power cables and data cables. Apparently power cables (or wires, etc) create a magnetic field that can generate crosstalk on data cables, so it's best to keep them apart if possible. But different data cables are fine, like phone, antenna, audio, video, etc.

 

Also, how does this differ from power cords from devices (like your computer power cord) and actual electrical wires (the ones that go inside walls), I don't know.

 

Hm, on topic: Lifehacker has tons of great solutions on cable management for desktops! I'll be sure to steal some whenever I get my own.

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Man, those Logitech Z4s are fantastic speakers. I miss mine...

They really are! The fact that the retail price hasn't changed since I bought mine (what... five years ago?), is a good indication of how good they actually are, and how timeless the design is.

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Really? I bought mine for roughly £50 new from Amazon about 5 years ago. Now the average price is £70. Its one of the few electrical products I've known to go up in price after release.

 

That said, the Harman Kardon Soundsticks II were £160 at that time, and now version III is out and you can pick them up for just over £100. I'm really, really tempted to get them as right now I'm using my spare set of speakers - the notoriously terrible JBL Monster IIs.

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Eh heh, you done the same thing that I've did only you haven't encounter the problem yet. moto_whistle.gif

Did you give your cables "stretch room", if not, you're going to have difficulties accessing the back of your

PC unless you unplug everything from the back. At first you will think, no big deal, then it gets annoying and later your

cable management will become a total mess.

Without removing any of the cables and you climbing under your desk, how far can you pull your PC out?

And are those Velcro ties?

+1 if your using it. smile.gif

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Man, those Logitech Z4s are fantastic speakers. I miss mine...

They really are! The fact that the retail price hasn't changed since I bought mine (what... five years ago?), is a good indication of how good they actually are, and how timeless the design is.

That is sort of the deal with the Logitech X-530's, they have been around the $100-$150AU every time I look and they've been out for many years!

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Eh heh, you done the same thing that I've did only you haven't encounter the problem yet. moto_whistle.gif

Did you give your cables "stretch room", if not, you're going to have difficulties accessing the back of your

PC unless you unplug everything from the back. At first you will think, no big deal, then it gets annoying and later your

cable management will become a total mess.

Without removing any of the cables and you climbing under your desk, how far can you pull your PC out?

And are those Velcro ties?

+1 if your using it. smile.gif

I've made sure to bundle the cables in a way that allows me to roll my PC out rather far, without unplugging anything. Far enough to vacuum and gain access to the back of the case, at least. And yes, I've used adhesive velcro fasteners, so the cables are easy to reroute or whatnot, if necessary. smile.gif

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