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Motherboard fit is very tight.

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I recently completed my first build. It works fine but there is one problem. My motherboard's (Asus M5A97) back plate does not into my case well. It clicked in fine but when putting my motherboard on I had to apply a lot of force to align it with the standoffs. I did screw it in but it is has a fair amount of pressure on it, so it is quite tight. I screwed it down and everything fits in, but the ports don't align perfectly with the holes on the back plate.

My questions are: Is this normal? If it is not, will it be Okay just to leave it as is? (I can still plug in all my USB devices and such. And there is very little flexing, and I think that is from the GPU anyway.) If it is not Okay, is there a good way to fix it?
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  1. Hello,

    Good job on your first build!

    As for the backplate - you should be able to align them perfectly. Are there any wires getting in the way?

    Also could you take a picture and post it here? A pic of the back plate, and a pic of the motherboard. It could help us help you solve your issue.
  2. Chainzsaw said:
    Hello,

    Good job on your first build!

    As for the backplate - you should be able to align them perfectly. Are there any wires getting in the way?

    Also could you take a picture and post it here? A pic of the back plate, and a pic of the motherboard. It could help us help you solve your issue.

    Thanks!

    No, there are no wires getting in the way, it just pushes back on the motherboard a lot. I am having problems focusing the camera on the back plate.... I will try to get a picture on soon...
  3. Okay, so I got some pictures with my phone. (It was able to focus on the equipment.)

    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=ae3h5bt9czz0zg8

    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=63y81b8flkdvtk9

    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=do5c5qfcxljt8h5

    Those 3 pictures show the ports miss-aligned.

    http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=blwaxy6xabptswd

    As you can see in this picture (If you look closely at it.) the brass standoff is tight against one side of the motherboard, like the motherboard is pushing away form the back plate.

    Sorry about the bad quality, as I said before, I used my phone instead of a real camera.
  4. It's hard to see but does that plate snap on from the outside of the case? Whether inside or outside those things sometimes require quite a bit of pressure to properly mount on the case.
    I suppose it could be a bad day at the case factory and the standoff holes were drilled incorrectly but unlikely.
    You may just have to remove all the wiring, pull off the MB and start over, making sure everything is aligned before wiring the MB.
  5. DelroyMonjo said:
    It's hard to see but does that plate snap on from the outside of the case? Whether inside or outside those things sometimes require quite a bit of pressure to properly mount on the case.
    I suppose it could be a bad day at the case factory and the standoff holes were drilled incorrectly but unlikely.
    You may just have to remove all the wiring, pull off the MB and start over, making sure everything is aligned before wiring the MB.


    Okay, I guess I will do that. Is it really necessary though? There is only a tiny amount of flex, and I can use all the ports and I rather not restart if I don't have to.
  6. Best answer
    Hey, spaceman, it's your computer. Do what you want.
  7. DelroyMonjo said:
    Hey, spaceman, it's your computer. Do what you want.

    Well in your more experienced opinion, will this cause problems? (e.g. Motherboard breaking.)
  8. I saw those pics and i swear i didn't see a problem.

    You didn't happen to miss a motherboard stand off did you? But like what delroy mentioned, do what you want.
  9. Chainzsaw said:
    I saw those pics and i swear i didn't see a problem.

    You didn't happen to miss a motherboard stand off did you? But like what delroy mentioned, do what you want.

    Okay, I didn't miss a motherboard standoff, but I am using a Rosewill Destroyer and it has it's own way to install the motherboard that proved to be a pain in the a**. I think I will leave it as is unless the problem becomes more noticeable.
  10. You had try after you get new one...
  11. Problem Solved

    You can do some manual modding if cutting out a black plate is in your nature. I would suggest check how tight the screws are, Re-tighten them your self, remove all of them first though.
  12. Best answer selected by spaceman1701.
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