Solved Can i cut off tye pci slots on a motherboard

June 14, 2017 at 11:46:01
Specs: Windows 10, Amd quad core 4.8ghz 8gb ddr3
I know it sounds extremly crazy but i have an old dell btx motherboard and some of the pci slots stick out further than the motherboard and i wont be using them so, what would happen if i simply cut them off. I am trying to build a realy cheap pc for as little money as possible so i am using all stuff i have laying around and this motherboard will not physicaly fit in the case if i dont do this. The case is atx but i have no problem with drilling my own mounting points and making custom brackets for mounting other things, so do you think the board will survive, i ak not to qoried about killing it as it already has a lot of problems half the usbs dont work, onboard eathernet doesnt work, onboard sounfld barly works. Thanks for answers

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June 14, 2017 at 12:26:14
A BTX board will mount upside down in an ATX case, meaning the PCI slots will be at the top. You've got a LOT of modification work ahead of you to make it fit in the case. But cutting off the PCI slots shouldn't be part of it.

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June 14, 2017 at 18:02:25
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A clear cut case or BTX matricide?

Well... if the board's components really are failing, it might need those PCI slots.

But why chop the top off the ATX case?
Why not make a great hardware build to show off?
Just bolt the motherboard outside the case and add some led lights!

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June 14, 2017 at 20:21:16
You might find a used MB on Ebay that is fully functional and really inexpensive that fits your CPU and you will save money on NIC card, sound card, etc. Net maybe cheaper, just make sure that the seller has a high satisfaction rating.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 16, 2017 at 18:57:29
The case is not atx it uses a tray that clips in and tye motyerboard fits onto that with one screw its realy weird, so im not woried about the case. There is also no logic on the motherboard down there and i do know that everything would be upside down because my current pc build is an atx mobo in a btx case. I will not take apart my current build for the btx case as it is already moded anyways

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June 17, 2017 at 05:44:05
Wait a the original post, you wrote "The case is atx but i have no problem with drilling my own mounting points".

But now you stated "The case is not atx".

How are we supposed to help when you give conflicting information? And why would you even want to put a BTX board in an ATX case & vice-versa? Why wouldn't you just put the BTX board in the BTX case & the ATX board in the ATX case? or do you just like a challenge? If that's the reason, break out your sawzall & hack off the portion of the board with the PCI slots. It will be a HUGE challenge to get the board to work again.

Why not get creative & build your own hardware mounting system? Have a look at this:

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June 17, 2017 at 15:12:25
Sorry for the mis information and i cut the slots off the board still works and now there is room for a psu in the case, sorry for asking stupid questions i guess i had mostly been asking if there was any logic on a different layer but realy why would anyone here know when even dell wont tell you.

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