I've experienced an issue I would've never thought I'll ever experience. I thought there are some standards that all ATX components must follow, but it seems either ASUS or Thermaltake don't really care about them ... or I'm doing something wrong.
The thing is, after spending almost an hour figuring out the purpose of the small metal pieces standing out of the I/O shield (turns out there is none so I broke them off), I can only fit the MoBo's ports through the I/O shield if I lift it a bit. Now, this wouldn't usually be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that now I can't reach the screw hole in the case through the MoBo with an 6-32 screw
Now, I can fit the three screws on the right side (as in - the opposite of the back of the PC), but the amount of pressure I wouldd have to use to literally (!) bend the MoBo down to use the screw holes right next to the I/O ports doesn't feel right to me (and most likely someone who wrote "do not overtighten the screws, it can damage the board" in the manual) so that's the point where I decided to come here instead.
Question - What the...? In my previous PC, I didn't have the problem as:
1. I've had these... bolts (?) at the bottom of the MoBo (or the trey...?) which held it a bit above the tray anyway.
2. I didn't had to use an I/O shield as there were no additional ports than they were holes in the original "shield" in the case.
What can I do now? I'd really like to avoid not using the I/O shield. The two things that come to my mind are:
1. To just use longer screws (how brilliant ).
2. To ditch the 6-32 screws and use M3 screws which happen to perfectly fit to the M-F stand offs, which also came with the case.
Call me stupid, but aren't the stand-offs SUPPOSED to be used? If you read this and do a facepalm thinking "how come he not think of using stand offs" - feel free to share your thought, it would already be helpful.