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MB wont bolt down properly to case, input please

Let me see if I can describe this well enough to give everyone a visual of whats going on. I am putting together a new computer for myself and getting the motherboard into the case properly has become an issue.

Here is the case I have - Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

Here is the MB - ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

Here is the Heatsink - XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

Here is whats going on, I installed the i7 and the heatsink to the motherboard. I did this outside of case because the heatsink requires a decent sized backbrace be installed to screw the heatsink down.

The case has a punchout already for where the CPU would be , however its not nearly big enough for the backbrace of this heatsink. So part of the backbrace is not pushing threw the little punchout causing the motherboard from laying flush on the case mounting area.

I can only get screws to thread on the edges of the MB on the opposite end of the CPU, the rest are raised just too much to get anything started. Which Im not going to roll with a half mounted motherboard in this new system so I need to come up with options.

My current idea is to cut the case with a dremel type tool and make the cutout another inch square bigger. I mentioned this to a couple computer guys I know in real life and they think my idea is totaly stupid to cut on a case to get it to work.

I guess there is the option of trying to return some of my items to newegg for different ones that hopefully would work better? I am wondering if anyone has had something similar happen to them and in general do you think it would be alright if I moded my case by cutting the punchout bigger.
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  1. Best answer
    Simple question first;
    Did you install the motherboard stand offs ?
  2. *Face palm* those are the gold screws huh..
    So those go onto the case and the mb screws into those?
  3. Yes
  4. Yeah I had same problem my MB is in my case hanging on by 2 screws and their is supposed to be 10 screws.

    because the MB has a crossthreded srew and bbolt/nut and i cant get it off.
  5. Awesome, thanks for the fast reply Delluser1. I will give this a shot after work and hopefully get my computer all together tonight.
  6. insane4cefed said:

    The case has a punchout already for where the CPU would be , however its not nearly big enough for the backbrace of this heatsink. So part of the backbrace is not pushing threw the little punchout causing the motherboard from laying flush on the case mounting area.
    ...
    My current idea is to cut the case with a dremel type tool and make the cutout another inch square bigger. I mentioned this to a couple computer guys I know in real life and they think my idea is totaly stupid to cut on a case to get it to work.


    It's called case modding. Sometimes you do it for appearance and sometimes you do it to solve a real problem.

    My Antec 900 case mods for cable management:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264112-28-antec
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