PC BattleStations | The Best Products for Cable Management

November 1, 2017 0 comments

If there is anything I hate the most it’s computer cable management.  It’s just awful even for me I’m constantly changing the way my computers setup and the layout of the room.  So i’m always adding and removing cables.  The first thing you must have is patients don’t rush your cable management or your just going to end up re-doing it again in a few weeks.

The first thing I did when I started my build was purchase my desk.  I purchased it from Ikea and wanted something to hide the cables behind it.  I needed something long because my desk consists of (2) desk’s added together.  Anyways here is everything I used for my cable management and hopefully it will help others with their computer builds.

As I come across future products and other tips for my BattleStation cable management I will be sure to update the post.  (Last updated 11/1/2017)

 

J Channel Cable Raceway – Black – 48″

This was a 2 pack it worked perfect because I have 2 of the same desks put together.  This came with 3M tape that was very strong it was a little longer then I needed so i took out my dremel cutter and easily cut the excess away.  If you had to or wanted to you could easily drill in the bottom of this to make sections for shorter runs.

Price:  $28.00  Order on [Amazon]


Mount-It! Dual LCD Monitor Desk Mount

When I was using dual monitors this was a must.  Recently I updated to a 34 ultra wide screen because I really didn’t need a dual monitor setup anymore.  I constantly see people running dual monitors on the stand if you want to maximize desk space and have a clean sleek build.  This will support (2) monitors up to 27″ each.

Price:  $36.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Kootek 118 Inch Cable Management

Another must have product for managing your cables.

Price:  $10.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Clips,YOCOU 12 pcs 3-Channel

These guys saved my life a number of times.

Price:  $8.79 Order on [Amazon]


 

Reusable Cable Ties, Trilancer

I use these all the times rather than zip ties.

Price:  $8.99 Order on [Amazon]


 

Cable Management Sleeve

Another great product instead of always using zipties to minimize my exposed cables.  I came across this cable management sleeve.  It’s still sometimes  a pain because I’m always adding and removing new gadgets so I have to keep unzipping to remove/add something.  Still beats cutting zip-ties and the look is excellent!

Price:  $14.99 Order on [Amazon]


IKEA – SIGNUM Cable management

This product also helped me out, it hung down a little more then i liked it to but overall it did the trick.  I was able to mount (2) power strips on the inside then wrap all the excess cables under my desk that I did not want to be seen.  I even mounted an external hard drive, and USB 3.0 hub all inside this.

Price:  $25.99 Order on [Amazon]

Everything I Used for My RetroPie RaspberryPi Bartop Arcade

October 5, 2017 0 comments

In January 2017 I learned about RetroPie and RaspberryPi emulation.  I first started off creating a RaspberryPi that connected to my TV and used the Wii PRO Controller.  I’ve always been into emulating old classic consoles however it never seemed right playing them on my phone or computer.  After I tested different images and different components I started reading up on bar top arcades.

In March of 2017 I’ve watched tons of Youtube videos and joined several different Facebook groups where users have already created their own bartops.  I started to plan out and piece everything I would need to purchase to make a complete RetroPie Bartop Arcade machine.

My bartop arcade is running a RaspberryPi Model 3 board using  RetroPie/EmulationStation/HyperPie

The Outside
The Inside
The Audio

Cabinet Cooling
Display
Power
Other
Completed

RaspberryPi – RetroPie | Bat script to Reboot RaspberryPi

October 3, 2017 0 comments

If you are using your RaspberryPi / RetroPie and you would like an easy way to reboot from your computer you can easily write the following command to a Windows bat script.

If you prefer you can skip all this and download the already assembled BAT file below.

Step 1.  Open up a note pad copy the commands below.

plink -ssh -l pi -pw raspberry retropie sudo reboot
exit

Step 2.  Click on File -> Save As  (Be sure under Save as type you choose “All Files“) so it does not save as a .TXT document.

Step 3.   Now you can simply double click the bat file and I believe it will Reboot all RaspberryPi’s connected to your network.

RasberryPi Restart Script (56 downloads)