The last time I put together a computer there was IDE ribbons involved. I was a little worried because of the horror storries on overclock forums and RMA stories on Newegg regarding incompatibility and DOAs. I must have been really lucky. This build went together flawlessly and is running stable at 4.3k overclock.
I dont really understand how to make the cable look any nicer. I am running 6 case fans right now and will install the last 140 on top for exhaust and be at a total of 7.