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5 Tips for Optimal PC Cable Management

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No one wants a tangle of cords inside their PC case. Proper cable management may seem superfluous, and after spending hours building a PC, it feels like the last thing you want to do. In the long run, however, proper cable management can go a long way to a better overall experience.

Why Cable Management Matters

Proper cable management won’t necessarily help keep your PC cooler, since most mid-sized cases have a good amount of extra space. Only in the most extreme cases, where cables are somehow blocking fans or vents, would it make a difference.

But cable management is about more than just temperatures.

First of all, a PC build is never completely finished. There will always be a new GPU or CPU that you want, an extra storage drive to add, a better cooler, more RAM, and RGB lighting strips to make it really pop.

Once you’ve built your PC, you might be cracking open your case more often than you realize, and pushing your way through a tangle of cords will make these times harder and far less enjoyable.

On top of that, you can’t hide your laziness anymore. It used to be that, after building a PC, you could just close the case and forget about what it looked like inside. These days, most PC cases come with at least one transparent side. They help you show off your components and accent your build with some well-chosen accessories.

If you don’t properly manage your cables, however, all you’ll end up with is an eyesore that you have to look at every day.

Now that we’ve presented you with reasons to keep those cables clean and tidy, here are some tips to help you do just that.

Buy a Cable Management-Friendly Case

Close up of a Corsair PC case with rubber grommets for cable pass through.
This Corsair case includes rubber grommets for passing cables through. Corsair

Before you buy your case, take a peek at what kind of cable management help it offers. Does it have, for example, cable routing channels around the back of the case? What about points where you can tie down the cables—or any other feature, such as NZXT’s massive cable management bar, that helps make things easier?

Cable management is, of course, not the primary issue that you want to consider when buying a PC case, but it should be in the mix to create an optimal build.

Get a Semi-Modular or Fully Modular PSU

A power supply standing on its side with a mess of cables trailing behind it.
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Part of proper cable management is not only organizing the cables you do have, but also reducing the number of cables in your case. That’s why it’s a good idea to pick up a semi-modular or modular power supply unit (PSU). The difference between these two is that the semi-modular PSU has a few essential cables that aren’t removable, while every cable in a fully modular PSU can be removed.

Either one will work, as the cables in a semi-modular PSU almost always have to be there anyway. A non-modular PSU, however, means having to stuff a ton of unused cables somewhere in an already crowded case.

Part of the deal with modular PSUs, however, is that you can’t forget to add the cables you need before putting the PSU in your case. Once it’s mounted with screws, adding a slew of cables becomes a real pain. It’s better to do it in plain view outside of the case rather than in some hidden, dark corner of your new case.

RELATED: How Important Is the Power Supply (PSU) When Building a PC?

Pay Attention to the Route of Each and Every Cable

As you go about building your PC, pay close attention to where every cable goes. The ideal is to have each cable show as little as possible on the front of the motherboard. In fact, it’s sometimes a good idea to sketch out where every cable is going to travel along the back and front of the motherboard.

The CPU fan’s power, for example, should exit from the top left of the motherboard and down the back of the case, while SATA cables will need to sneak in on the side.

Proper planning for where every cable is going to run, and how each will tie up in the back, is a key consideration.

Also, when the time comes to connect cables, deal with the smaller ones first before guiding the larger ones into place. Smaller cables that can be grouped together can also hide together inside some mesh sleeving, which will make them look like one large cable instead of multiple wires snaking around the back of the case.

You Can’t Hide Everything

The inside of a desktop PC with two Funko Pop dolls inside the case.
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There are a few key cables that you will never be able to truly hide. These include the power cable to your graphics card and the 24-pin motherboard connector. In most cases, these big, chunky cables are going to be visible no matter what, but that doesn’t mean that they have to look terrible. For the 24-pin cable, it’s mostly going to be a question of feeding it toward the back of the case as directly as possible to get it out of the way.

For the graphics card, you can run the cable straight down the front of the case and then back along the bottom toward the rear of the case. Another alternative is to feed the cable as directly as possible toward the rear of the case. Looking at the picture above, you can see the builder opted for the latter approach and then used a Funko Pop doll so that the cable wouldn’t just be hanging there. Get creative, and you’ll find good options for making this look as nice as possible.

Cable Ties Are Your Friend

Bad, messy cable management inside a PC case.
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Finally, don’t be afraid to use as many zip ties as you need when tying up your cables in the back. Cable ties make for a nicely organized set of cables. You can overdo it, of course, but in general, tying cables together and securing them in tie-down locations provides a much cleaner look.

Some PSUs come with ties included in the box, but you can pick up standard ones at your local hardware store. Smaller ties are preferable, as you don’t want bulky plastic getting in the way. The only thing with cable ties is that, when the time comes to cut them away to remove a cable or to add something new, you should be very careful not to slice up one of those wires (That’s where putting multiple small cables in a sleeve can really help.).

If cable ties worry you, then consider some strategically placed Velcro straps instead—some cases come with these as well.


Organizing and managing your PC’s internal cables is painstaking, and sometimes even annoying, work. Still, with a little patience, you’ll have an enjoyable build to work on and improve year in and year out—without having to get your hands tangled in a mess of cords every time you crack open the case.


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New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

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La Soufriere volcano has shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash and a cruise ship has arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island by a week of violent eruptions

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in ash from a week of violent eruptions.

The explosions that began on April 9 forced some 20,000 to flee the northern end of the eastern Caribbean island for shelters and contaminated water supplies across the island.

Friday morning’s blast “wasn’t a big explosion compared to the ones that we last weekend, but it was big enough to punch a hole through the clouds,” said Richard Robertson, lead scientist at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, in an interview with local NBC radio. “Probably got up to 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).”

During a comparable eruption cycle in 1902, explosive eruptions continued to shake the island for months after an initial burst killed some 1,700 people, though the new eruptions so far have caused no reported deaths among a population that had received official warning a day earlier that danger was imminent.

Meanwhile, British, U.S. and Canadian nationals were being evacuated aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection from the harbor in the Kingstown, capital of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The ship was due to arrive Saturday in Dutch Sint Maarten.

Dozens of foreigners toting luggage descended from tour buses and cars at the port terminal in Kingstown and patiently waited in a line that began in the parking lot and reached deep into the terminal.

They included students from the Trinity School of Medicine along with stranded tourists, including families with young children in arms.

“As of right now, we are being evacuated for our safety and to keep the island as safe as possible,” said LLeah Ransai, a Canadian student at Trinity. “Between the school, the government and the embassies of the US and Canada, we’re being evacuated now.”

The U.S. Embassy said those aboard would have to make their own travel arrangements home.

It also noted in an official statement that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended against travel on cruise ships because the chance of getting COVID-19 and said people who had been in close contact with suspected COVID-19 cases were barred from the trip. All aboard were supposed to have a negative rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding.

Meanwhile, thousands of locals were stuck n emergency shelters with no idea when they might be able to return home.

Levi Lewis, 58, a retired public servant from the town of Fancy, said the eruption had left him trying to get by with practically nothing.

“I just reusing clothing cause i didn’t walk with much,” he said. “Plus water is an issue, so I’m trying to conserve it still.”

“I want to go back home, or to whatever is left of it,” he added.

A few people, however, never left, defying evacuation orders.

Raydon May, a bus conductor in his late 20s who stayed in Sandy Bay throughout the eruptions, said he had always planned to stay if the volcano erupted and was trying to protect properties in the community while making occasional trips outside the evacuation zone to pick up water and supplies.

He said so much ash had fallen that the roofs of houses were collapsing under the weight.

“One roof might get on like three truckloads of sand,” he said. “We trying to help … but we can’t help everybody.”

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Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood may get a reality show after coming out as gay: The backlash, explained

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Colton Underwood, the former lead on popular reality series The Bachelor, came out as gay in a very public way this week in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. As the news spread, so did reports that Netflix is working with Underwood on a reality show that follows his life as an openly gay man. “I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it,” Underwood told Roberts on Wednesday. “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Some people face considerable obstacles on their path to coming out, and Underwood shared his own. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time,” he told Roberts.   

The response to Underwood’s revelation has been largely supportive, with many — including Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy who is openly gay, and alumni and producers of the popular long-running dating show — applauding the 29-year-old Underwood for his honesty and sending messages of pride and solidarity. 

“I am so proud of you for finally being able to share and live your truth,” tweeted Tayshia Adams, who competed on his season of the series and went on to star in her own season of The Bachelorette, another show in ABC’s reality dating franchise.  

But Underwood’s alleged past treatment of Cassie Randolph, the woman he chose on his Bachelor season, has complicated the reactions. After the pair’s breakup in 2020, Randolph, 25, was granted a restraining order against her former boyfriend. She said he’d placed a tracking device on her car, sent her harassing texts and showed up uninvited to her LA apartment and her parent’s home. According to TMZ, she later dismissed the restraining order and asked that the police investigation be dropped. 

Following Underwood’s GMA revelation, Variety reported that Netflix is planning a reality show that looks at Underwood’s life as an openly gay man, and now a Change.org petition is circulating urging Netflix to cancel those plans. The petition has more than 10,000 signatures as of Friday morning. Online petitions have no actual power, but they do serve as a barometer of public opinion.  

“Regardless of his sexuality, Colton should not be given a platform as a result of his abusive, manipulative and dangerous behavior,” the writer of the petition says. 

Wrote one of the petition’s signers, “I’m a survivor of stalking, and it repulses me to see someone like this given a platform as though he’s done nothing wrong. I will absolutely cancel my Netflix subscription if you go through with this.”

The petition also links to a Reddit thread offering a link to documents in the Randolph-Underwood case.

Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and a representative for Underwood said the reality star had no comment.  

Here’s more on Colton Underwood and the complex reactions to his coming out and the possibility of him getting his own show.    

Who’s Colton Underwood?

Colton Underwood was born in Indianapolis and raised in Illinois, where he played college football at Illinois State University. The Bachelor hyped him as a pro football player, but if you never heard of him, there’s a reason. Underwood was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2014, but waived before the season began. He briefly played for the practice squads of the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders, but never appeared in a real NFL game. 

His dating life brought him much more fame than his sports career. Even before The Bachelor, Underwood dated Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman. That relationship made headlines too, and the couple even attended the Golden Globe Awards together in 2017. They broke up later that year.

His Bachelor life

Underwood first appeared as a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He was eventually eliminated but showed up again in the franchise’s spinoff show, Bachelor in Paradise. By now he’d become a favorite of some fans and the show’s producers cast him in the title role of The Bachelor for the show’s 2019 season, heavily hyping him as “the virgin Bachelor.” Underwood chose California speech pathologist Cassie Randolph, but didn’t propose marriage to her in the finale. 

Police involvement post show 

Underwood and Randolph dated for a year before their May 2020 breakup. She filed for the restraining order that fall, before dismissing it and asking that the police investigation be dropped. 

“The two of us were able to reach a private agreement to address any of Cassie’s concerns,” Underwood told TMZ at the time. “I do not believe Cassie did anything wrong in filing for the restraining orders and also believe she acted in good faith.”

Coming out and Cassie

Underwood told Good Morning America that Randolph didn’t know he was gay. He also said he’d like to apologize to his former girlfriend, and while he didn’t address the restraining order directly, admitted, “I made mistakes at the end of that relationship.” Following the interview, many on Reddit expressed support for Randolph and shared their own stories of being harassed by ex-partners.

Some also expressed offense at Underwood suggesting any link between past harassing behavior and confusion over his sexuality.   

“As a gay man,” wrote one Reddit user, “I find this whole thing abhorrent. I spent my fair share of time in the closet, and coming to terms with my sexuality. It’s still something I’m working on, being out and proud.

“For his behavior to be excused because he was gay is wrong. It paints this picture that somehow closeted gay men are what, unstable but cured by coming out? That his actions were excusable because he was gay? I’m confused by the narrative. I’m insulted by it.” 

If the reality show happens, a source told Variety it’ll focus on Underwood’s dating life, and on discovering his sexuality as a gay man. Us magazine reported that Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy was spotted filming with Underwood. Kenworthy came out as gay in 2015. 

Underwood’s coming-out may even ripple back to the show that made him famous. Unnamed Bachelor sources told TMZ that Underwood’s coming out has sparked internal discussion among show producers about possibly casting a gay season of the show.


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Can the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood Be Saved?

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An arc light, or arc lamp, is a source of illumination created when electricity flows between two carbon electrodes. Use of arc lamps dwindled in the 20th century, edged out by incandescents, but for a long time they were a common light source for movie projectors. Mostly this little detail is just a fun fact—something interesting to bring up at parties. But this week, it’s a reminder that the history of cinema is long, even when our memories are short—and that the news of ArcLight Cinema shutting down can bring back a flood of recollections, even for people who may not know the theater chain’s namesake.

The bloodletting started on Monday, when Decurion Corporation announced that it would not be reopening the ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations it had to close during Covid-19. “This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options,” Decurion said in a statement, “the company does not have a viable way forward.” It was a huge blow, especially considering theaters in California, where the chains operate some 300 screens, were just starting to reopen. It was also a gut-punch to Los Angeles filmgoers who had spent their lives going to the ArcLight location in Hollywood, home to the legendary Cinerama Dome, a landmark on the Sunset Strip since the 1960s.

As the news spread, reactions quickly followed. The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood tweeted, “This is so painful. The ArcLight was my go-to … A true movie-going experience.” Lulu Wang, director of The Farewell, reminisced about meeting Quentin Tarantino in the lobby. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson lamented “this sucks,” while Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins just tweeted a very apt “FUCK.” Film Twitter was distraught. 

Once the shock wore off, many people started looking for answers. Some suggested a movie magnate—a Christopher Nolan or the like—could swoop in to save the ArcLight. Others, noting that the so-called Paramount Consent Decrees no longer prevent studios from owning theaters, suggested the Cinerama could be a crown jewel for a streamer like Amazon, Apple, or Netflix. There’s just one problem with Netflix taking over the multiplex: It just bought Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, another iconic Los Angeles theater that also happens to be about a mile from the company’s Hollywood home base. (Amazon and Apple, meanwhile, would definitely have the cash, but neither has shown interest in physical locations the way Netflix has.)

It is possible a longtime movie mogul with deep pockets could come in and save the legendary geodesic dome, and everyone is speculating about who could pull it off. Many suggested Quentin Tarantino. When he bought the New Beverly Cinema in 2010, he said, “As long as I’m alive, and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there,” so he seemed like the kind of guy who could do it. Nolan, a staunch defender of large format movie projection, also seemed like a good bet. But so far, no word has come that either of them is interested. Eventually, someone started a Change.org petition stating that “we the people (cinephiles) are calling on Amazon, Walt Disney Studios, Apple, Netflix, or someone else to save the Dome.” As of this writing, nearly 10,000 people have signed.

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