PCI slots in wierd place?

So, I have this bearlake motherboard that I got froma friend a while ago... Decent board spec wise but one huge problem... The slots are in the wrong place!!! On a motherboard, the PCI-E, PCI, AGP and whatever else is supposed to be towards the bottom back. Mine are at the top. It's bearlake so it's a gaming motherboard, so why would they do this??? I have been told to get a reverse atx case but that won't help, the slots would then be at the bottom when the brackets are at the top... I would tell you what the motherboard is but I think it is a prototype. The cpu and sharpie on it, and the intel bios detector doesn't even know what the hell it is...Why would they do this? Is there a gaming case that this mobo would fit into?

In the picture you can see I made my own bracket by cutting it out of an old pc in my garage but it is very sketchy and I don't want it there forever... http://www.flickr.com/photos/71163096@N04/8069602536/in/photostream
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  1. "Bearlake" is just an code name for an old old Intel chipset. Hardly gaming, and not worth using probably. It would help if you gave the board manufacture/model.You need a reverse atx case where it mounts on the left panel not the right. Like the one you took a pic of it installed in?

    Again. Really old board. Maybe it came in a custom case. Not telling us what it is because it might be a "secret" 5 year old prototype limits helpful sugesstions. Probably Not worth using. Especially for gaming.
  2. It's old....
  3. unksol said:
    "Bearlake" is just an code name for an old old Intel chipset. Hardly gaming, and not worth using probably. It would help if you gave the board manufacture/model.You need a reverse atx case where it mounts on the left panel not the right. Like the one you took a pic of it installed in?

    Again. Really old board. Maybe it came in a custom case. Not telling us what it is because it might be a "secret" 5 year old prototype limits helpful sugesstions. Probably Not worth using. Especially for gaming.


    first off, my case is not custom, nor is it reverse atx. it is a regular case, opens on the left, i took the back brackets off because the opening was in the correct place so my motherboard wouldnt fit because the slots are in the wrong place.

    second: not THAT old, its a quad core q9550 (pretty old for a quad core) but not "old old" has 4 slots for ddr3 memory and 2 pci-e 2.0 slots. its not old enough for the slots to be in that place as standard. i have gaming cases from early 2000s that this wouldnt fit in...

    a reverse atx would not work either. i would have the same problem on a different side. on reverse atx cases the opening for the slots is at the top butif i put my motherboard in they would need to be at the bottom.

    sorry for not explaining well, i have not had much experience with cases all i know is this is not normal... only computers ive seen with mobos and cases like this are dell.
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