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Modifying an ATX Case for AT Form Factor

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I currently run a system using a Gigabyte GA-5AA Motherboard (with both ATX and AT Form Factor).

I had to replace the power supply in the unit, and decided to get a new case complete with Power Supply as the old AT case was a bit run down.

Problem is, is that the board works fine using the ATX form Factor, but in the back of the unit there is a gaping hole because the Mobo is of AT Form Factor, and the case only has ATX backing plates for it.

Can someone give me some ideas, or perhaps any sites that might help regarding case-modding my ATX case to suit the AT Form Factor?.

I have looked around a bit to no avail, and thus am hoping someone may able to help me out.
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by:kneea
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If you can choose your case then you will find that many atx (espeicially the expensive ones) have a selection of plates - one of which includes at.

It would have been easier to have just bought a new atx power supply and installed that in the old case.  They fit 99% of the time.

The gaa boards are quite handy cause they accept both types of psu.  They are also great for upgrading old pcs.
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rayt333 earned 400 total points
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If the case you bought didn't include the different cover plates to switch between AT and ATX then you must either buy a different case that has them oor live with it the way it is (duct tape will seal any big holes)
Most of the cases that include both plates also have a power supply that has both the AT connector and the ATX connector.
Note: That is the reason these case are slightly more expensive.
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by:rayt333
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If you have a dremel tool and a pop rivet gun and some time along with a spare case you can cut up then you can do this as a home project.

Best way is to buy a new case with everything you need.
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by:mitch01
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At the moment I have patched it up with a piece of flimsey metal that I found and used wire cutters to cut into shape ..

its a crummy job but it works ..

I was just wondering if there was a wof having it neater :)
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by:kneea
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Just be VERY careful that the metal plate is secure.  If it touches the edge of the motherboard or were to come loose and travel around within the case you can get into trouble.  I'm sure you've been careful on both of these points but though I'd mention it - just in case.
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by:rayt333
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Sounds like a good temporary fix, but you would be better off getting the correct case before something shorts out. But then again it may last for a long time, at any rate it is your call.
Good luck
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by:mitch01
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Yeah, that's right :) Thanks anyway for your help.

How to split points ... 50/50? between both of you?!?!
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by:kneea
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Give the points to ray.  It's easier and I'm not looking for points.

Anthony.
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As per mitch01's and kneea's own comment, I will award this question to rayt333 with an A grade.  I'm not sure why it was left open after the request.  Bit it will now be finized.

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