How to manage your PC cables and keep them from kinking or twisting
Knowing how to manage PC cables is one of the greatest skills you can have as a PC gamer. I know it’s a pain. There are cables that power our PCs, carry audio signals to the best audiophile headphones, and provide the most stable networks over Ethernet. They are everywhere.
One day the world will become a completely wireless utopia. But until that glorious day arrives, working with wires will remain a daily struggle.
But there are ways to manage and even prevent cable problems in the future. So if you’re building an extreme gaming PC build, don’t let the team down with unmanageable cable management.
No one wants to see the click of your cool rig when your entire desk is wrapped in wires.
The easiest way to keep cables straight is to use the correct length for the job. If your router is five feet from your computer, you don’t need to make a mess fifty feet away. However, not all of us are ready to use an angle grinder to make tiny Ethernet cables. So just make sure you measure the required distance before you buy a new cable.
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To remove kinks from thin cables, such as phone headphone cables, release them all the way and grasp one end with your thumb and forefinger. Then start twisting the cable between your fingers back and forth, gradually going down the length of the cable. This is a quick way to get rid of unwanted curls and kinks.
For thicker cables, such as Ethernet cables, you can wind them around. Then grasp the beam as if you were holding a steering wheel and rock it back and forth with both hands. This helps the stiffer cables take on a new shape.
Pick them up or tie them. It’s happened to all of us: you assemble your car, start plugging it in, and by the time you’ve filled up the last outlet on your power panel, you’re left with a bunch of cables littering your office floor.
Not only is this unsightly, but it leaves your cables vulnerable to being stepped on, tripped over, and eventually twisted and permanently bent. Using something like a cable corral, you can attach extra cables to the bottom of the table. Cables that cannot be lifted can always be secured along the base of the wall.
Bundled and weighted cables
Make a plan before laying cables. The more efficiently you route things, the more cables you can tie together. Bundled cables are more resistant to bending, and tying helps to avoid any loose cables that can later be crushed and twisted. Use Velcro or reusable zippers to be able to change things later without breaking the knives.
Some peripheral cables, such as a mouse, cannot be permanently fixed in place. Being able to move them is an essential part of their job; however, you can prevent these cables from twisting by using cable weights to keep them from moving more than necessary.
How you store cables when your device is not in use is just as important as how you organize them. This is especially true for devices with thinner cables that have less insulation to protect the underlying wire. The garbage dump is a graveyard for headphones whose owners lazily tossed them into backpacks or onto the floor, leaving the cable in a twisted, tattered mess—thankfully, there’s a better way.
When you remove any cables, whether a device is connected to them or not, the best thing you can do is to wrap the cable in a loose ring. Avoid wrapping cables around devices, it can look neat and tidy, but if you wind the cable tight, you can get hard-to-remove wire bends. Some people like to use the figure-of-eight method, which is fine with very thick outdoor extension cables, but for most cables, you will end up with a sawtooth bend the next time you use it.
Cables can be stressed over time due to use and, depending on the application, can lead to unwanted problems. Keep your cables healthy and give them a massage from time to time.