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Motherboard Standoffs don't go into case

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August 27, 2013 3:04:32 PM

My case is the Fractal Design Define R4, and two of the standoffs won't go into the case no matter if I use a screwdriver-and-socket or just with two fingers. I plan on adding a big graphics card (ended up with a GTX 770), so I'm worried it might affect the stability of the motherboard. The two I'm missing are the bottom left two:
(X means standoff successfully went in, O means its empty)
XXX
XXO
XXO

Do I have to try to drill a screwhole in to fit at least the bottom one, or is it safe enough?
a c 157 V Motherboard
August 27, 2013 3:12:49 PM

From your description, it seems the hole is too small. Possibly paint.

Ideally, you'd use a tap to chase the threads out. Just a drill will leave a smooth hole, with nothing for the standoff to screw into.
Theoretically you could drill it out and use a tiny nut on the other side. But with a brand new case, you shouldn't have to do either.
a c 431 V Motherboard
August 27, 2013 3:29:07 PM

Take a flashlight check that the a and a/m mb screw holes been drill and tap right. On newer case I seen and read vendors using one or two plastic alinement screws for the mb. The mb sits on top of these plastic pegs instead of the brass standoffs. If your cases has them then they push in and lock.
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August 27, 2013 5:05:23 PM

USAFRet said:
From your description, it seems the hole is too small. Possibly paint.

Ideally, you'd use a tap to chase the threads out. Just a drill will leave a smooth hole, with nothing for the standoff to screw into.
Theoretically you could drill it out and use a tiny nut on the other side. But with a brand new case, you shouldn't have to do either.


Well, I could screw it in, but it only goes halfway and then abruptly hits a kink and stops. I'm afraid of messing up the threading or the case by applying unneeded pressure (I've already almost had a heart attack when I installed the stock heatsink). I also don't have the correct tap for this size.
January 31, 2014 6:30:59 PM

USAFRet said:
From your description, it seems the hole is too small. Possibly paint.

Ideally, you'd use a tap to chase the threads out...


The Brass standoffs are too soft to bite into slightly smaller holes. My case has the same problem. So you know what size tap would work?

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