About two years ago my brother helped me with my “gaming” setup. With the exception of the PC itself, the desk, monitor, speakers, and everything else was something he took care of. And for about two years, it worked out great. But one thing he wasn’t super good at was cable management, and I figured I might as well do an entire setup makeover and clean up everything.
At first glance, it really doesn’t look that bad. The tabletop is a clean white, gorgeously reflecting the LEDs especially at night, and everything seems to be in line with the theme. The table is a bit small, but it fits everything and it’s never gotten to the point where it was extremely cramped.
But then you step away from the desk and from under and far away you see the gigantic mess of cables and it looks absolutely disgusting. And trust me, before I tried (and failed) to organize the cables with velcros and cable ties, everything was pretty much just hanging from the side of the table.
The internet cables weren’t any better, in fact it’s a lot worse. And this horrible white rack absolutely has to go. Unfortunately, ribbon/flat coax cables aren’t a thing so it’s going to take some creativity to hide this mess.
For the makeover, we’re gonna need a few materials to help tidy things up a bit. I found a cheap $25 cable raceway kit that’ll hide the cables running to the outlet. I also picked up the SIGNUM cable management rack from IKEA to hold the power strip and all other loose cables under the desk and keep them from dangling and moving around.
I got rid of the power strip and picked up a different one from Amazon for only $11. This particular one had a flat plug with rotating prongs so it’ll be flush against the wall. I’ll then use the cable raceway to hide the cord once I have everything plugged in.
The next thing I did was order a monitor arm to get rid of the stand that originally came with the new ultrawide monitor (more on that below) and to help with the minimal look and cable management features that come with the mount. This particular one was only $25 and can support up to 22 lbs.
To address the issue with the annoying coaxial cable, I picked up a 90 degree adapter that will hopefully try to make the cable as flush as possible to the wall so I can hide it with the cable raceway kit. With coax cables, there aren’t that many options in terms of cable management; no ribbon cables, no flat cables, and this is all due to a hardware limitation and the way they’re made.
And last but not least, LED strips. This isn’t really anything to do with cable management, but LEDs add a nice touch to your setup and they’re fairly cheap to get online. I ordered 5 kits for a total of 10 meters of LED strips.
With the exception of the PC itself and my speakers, everything in my setup is getting upgraded. Or at least, swapped out. One thing I didn’t like about my previous setup was the green hardware that limited my color options. My Ornata keyboard was green, my case fans were green, and I had sleeved cables that were green. I got rid of those and went full RGB so I can always change the color to whatever I want.
So I got rid of the Razer Naga mouse and replaced it with a cheaper but actually better Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. The G502 has way better ergonomics and features adjustable weights that you can add/remove. It feels a lot more solid than Razer’s plastic mouse and about $20 cheaper. I love Razer and I always go to them for peripherals but I can’t deal with their horrible Synapse software and my mouse randomly freezing in the middle of a game.
I also replaced my green-only Razer Ornata keyboard with the new Cynosa Chroma. I was never into the annoying “clicky” sounds of mechanical keyboards so this one was perfect for me. I also got a black extended mousepad that fits both the keyboard and mouse and won’t move around.
Another upgrade was my monitor. I had a nice 24-inch 1080p Lenovo monitor but I felt it was a bit too small. I went with an LG 35-inch ultrawide monitor that’s perfect for gaming and is a beautiful addition to my setup.
Gaming on it is absolutely amazing and I feel like I could see more of the game. Cinematic movies also look great now that it fills up the the screen (no more top and bottom black bars) but now regular videos like on YouTube display ugly black bars on the right and left of the screen when viewed in fullscreen. But that’s fine, I rarely ever watch YouTube in fullscreen anyways.
Video editing is even better with this monitor now that I can see more of my timeline. And having two windows side by side is actually usable now. All in all, the ultrawide monitor was definitely an upgrade over my previous one.
The last upgrade is probably the most noticeable, and it’s the table. I picked this one up for about $200 and it’s a lot bigger than my previous one. It’s also got a natural wood finish that I prefer over my previous white one.
Putting it Together
Before we start, I’d like to point out that I’m HORRIBLE with tools and general “handiwork,” from putting together furniture to the simplest things like screwing on a bulb. Okay that last one was an exaggeration but you get the point. So this was a pretty big accomplishment for me, and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t proud of myself.
Anyways, I started by screwing the cable management rack to the bottom of the table. This will eventually hold all the cables under the desk and away from the floor or hanging off the side of the desk.
I then set up the power strip and used the cable raceway kit to “hide” the cable going up the wall.
I did the same with the coax cable and installed the 90-degree adapter than allows it to be more flush with the wall instead of just poking out. I also took some paper and “sleeved” a portion of the cable so it’ll blend in with the cable raceways.
I then took a few RGB strips and measured just enough to cover one side of the table, the one facing the wall.
Next was the installation of the monitor arm by clamping it into the table, securing it and making sure it’s tight. It’s pretty sturdy and holds up to 22 pounds, more than adequate for my 14-pound ultrawide monitor.
Installing the monitor was pretty scary. On top of it being heavy, I had to do some measuring to make sure the location and height was perfect. I also installed some RGB strips to add some ambient lighting.
And it worked out great. No cables in sight, and both the power AND HDMI cables are attached to the monitor.
I was lucky enough to have a USB-C port on the back of my monitor so I could use an adapter to power the RGB strips instead of having it run all the way to my PC. Less cables to manage.
The monitor arm came with some handy cable management features. I was able to route the power and HDMI cable through the cable holders and out of sight.
The next step almost made me cry, but for the sake of cable management I had to do it. My keyboard and mouse isn’t wireless; I don’t really trust wireless peripherals for gaming. Instead of having my cables run across the table I got my brother to help drill a hole for it to run through and under the table.
I routed the keyboard and mouse cable through it and hid the hole with the mousepad. Super easy.
Three hours later, my setup is complete! It’s far from perfect but it’s definitely an upgrade from my previous one. You can’t see any cables unless you really were looking for them, and everything just looks a lot tidier.
If you have any comments or questions on cable management or see something that’s off, comment below and let me know what you think!
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