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Micro ATX mobo into a Mini-ITX case!

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Calo, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Calo

    Gangster

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    Location: Newcastle

    I'm going to stick this: https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-F2A55M-HD2-rev-30#ov
    Into this: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/fractal-design-core-500-mini-itx-cube-case-black-ca-066-fd.html

    Thoughts and warnings welcome. ;)

    (that case can actually take a mobo longer than 170mm length, will just have to drill my own standoffs. Probably will need to adjust the back plate too...)

    I know a Kolink satellite plus is perfect for this mobo but, call me old fashioned, I still rip CD's for their precious WAVs.

    Will share pics.
     
  2. Darren_uk

    Wise Guy

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    Micro ATX motherboard into a core design 500 ITX will not work, No room to the left of the rear of the case where the 2 PCI-SLOTs are.
    Would have to cut the side of case off for the motherboard to stick out
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2018
  3. Darren_uk

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  4. Armageus

    Don

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    That case is designed for a ITX board with a dual slot GPU - nothing more (certainly not he extra 2 slots of a MATX board)

    The case is 285mm wide, the board 226mm - so whilst technically "it will fit", you are going to have to:-
    - remove existing standoffs and re-drill all standoffs (as all will be incorrect)
    - move backplate opening to the left
    - move rear fan to the left
    - cut 2 more expansion slots
    - relocate power cable socket

    and that's without any of the internal structure needing to be changed as a result of the above.
     
  5. Darren_uk

    Wise Guy

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  6. JediFragger

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    Think this guy has been on the monkey dust a bit much... :D
     
  7. Calo

    Gangster

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    It's a bit nuts for the sake of a cd drive I know. Its fun to see whats possible with a drill and mini circular saw though!
     
  8. Disco_P

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    Inb4 spec me an matx case
     
  9. LePhuronn

    Wise Guy

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    Absolutely will not fit. Not sure where you got your dimensions from or if you're reading them the correct way round.
     
  10. chaparral

    Capodecina

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    - Case dimensions (WxHxD): 250 x 203 x 367 mm
    - Package dimensions (WxHxD): 285 x 335 x 450 mm

    Only the package is 285mm ;)
     
  11. Darren_uk

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    Calo GA-F2A55M-HD2 is a convertible, Can fold inwards making it an ITX form factor ;)
     
  12. Calo

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    lol XD
    I have my dremel here that agrees with you. Ok, ive not gone through with this as there's a lot of skepticism here putting me off, so i went for the Kolink case. I still think it would have fit but maybe too much of a challenge. BUT WAIT!

    Im going to stick a 297 cm long GPU in there! The Kolink can 'only' fit a 280mm one, which is true for anyone sane. But i found out its possible to fit the three fan 970 I have in there by cutting a hole in the cassis behind the aluminium front panel. Theres an extra 20mm of empty space there to unlock!

    Will share photos!
     
  13. Darren_uk

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    Look forward to your Modding, All fun & learning :)
     
  14. Calo

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    Almost got this case ready for a oversized GPU. working in this heat is highly prohibitive! My 970 has immense pcb sag after 2+ years in the same case, that is probably whats causing the fans to get rattly sometimes...
    Seems these forums were built in 1990 so i cant upload i picture that easily - any good suggestions for where to upload pics to link to here without hassle/giving all my personal details away for mining?
     
  15. Calo

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    Lets see, pics for you here: https://imgur.com/a/4oWAxS1

    You can see the finished box, the rectangular hole I cut out for the GPU and my rear wired solution to occasional need for cd ripping!
     
  16. Darren_uk

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    Look Great, Black with the power button :)
     
  17. Calo

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    Thanks. Kolink made a very nice small case that fits the smallest mATX boards. Using as a HTPC now and honestly I couldn't see any other small cases out there below 100 clams that would look good next to the tv. That is, with a very clean minimalist finish.

    Now that the GPU that is to go inside has returned fixed from its recent RMA, its ready to serve up 1080p gaming at high settings from the couch!

    Very happy i didn't try cutting up the other case from my OP, it was hard enough getting one rectangular hole cut in this heat with an under-powered mini circular saw.