Power Supply Case Mod
A few months back, I was faced with a strange
predicament! This was before
had gotten that Digital Camera, but I decided
to tell you about it since we have one now!
Let me start from the beginning...
A friend of mine, lets call him "Billy
Bob" (Gotta change names to protect
the innocent!), Well Billy Bob was building
a computer, but Billy, well how should I
put this_ Billy is Cheap! And after
he got all these nice parts, he didn't want
to shell out the dough for a new ATX case,
"HOWEVER!" he said very loudly
with a cocky grin on his face and his finger
pointed upward triumphantly... "I do
have an old Mini Tower AT Case!!"
Being very Perplexed, I asked Billy boy
how he planned on fitting that ATX motherboard
AND the Power Supply into his old AT case,
he simply replied... "Your the one
with the know-how!"
Thus began yet another adventure into the
The first thing that needed to be accomplished
was to get the ATX motherboard into the
AT case. This poses problems as most of
you know because the old AT cases had no
need for Boilerplates and didn't come with
them. Instead the ports were on cables coming
off the motherboard and screwed into place
in holes on the case, or they would have
a mounting bracket so that they could take
up a slot, and rob you of an ISA.
What I did was cut the back of the case
out a bit so that the connections on the
motherboard would be able to be seen from
outside the case. You can see this in the
Here is a clean view!
I placed the cardboard there
so that curious hands don't put fingers
in their and hurt anything! Hey, kids are
always around here!
Here you can see where I
That part wasn't too hard.
Just make sure you have your trusty Tin
snips within reach, and make sure there
aren't any PC components around, such as
the motherboard... the shavings from the
cutting has the potential to be dangerous
The Power Supply posed a new
problem! It wouldn't fit! There were no
two ways about it, It wouldn't be able to
fit in the case! At least, not where it's
supposed to fit.
I toyed with the idea of duct
taping the PSU to the top of the case and
just cutting a hole in the cover for the
wires. Although it would work, it was not
quite as stylish as I was hoping to be!
That's when I had a brainstorm!
The 5 1/4 inch bays
were the same height as the PSU! Hmmm...
Will it fit_ Try as I might the bay's weren't
wide enough for the PSU, but only by a very
tiny bit! I decided this was the way to
go! I had to make it fit, so out with the
trusty tin snips again, and I hacked away
a bit at the bays so that I could bend them
out, and then I shoved that PSU in there
good and tight like you see in the picture
A nice front view