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I've seen online that it's possible to remove the stock mobo standoffs without the use of a dremmel (or any blade) but just with pliers, drill and/or a hammer. Has anybody here done this? If so, could you explain how it's done. This is currently the biggest roadblock in my mod/hack.

EDIT: Or do I even need to take out the standoffs? The mATX board has holes in completely different spots, so I could just put those in, and leave the old ones in.
 
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I would go ahead and remove the standoffs just to reduce the risk of short circuiting your motherboard. But yes, it is relatively easy to use a drill to remove the standoffs. Just drill from the other side of the case where the standoffs are with a drill bit that is slightly larger than the standoff. Once you've drilled the hole you can patch it using JB Weld or a similar epoxy.
 
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Thanks. I got thinking about the worst that could happen if I left them in. If they made contact with the solder points on the board, it could short it. Hypothetically I could put rubber pads on the posts, but I think I'll just drill them out tonight. I'm assuming a standard drill bit will do it?
 
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but you have to cut more than this (ram,ports) so i think you need a dremmel or if not it makes it much easier.
 
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You can use a hacksaw but you need a Dremel to get into certain areas so its definitely worth a buy. OP, if you have a target near you you can buy a Black and Decker RTX rotary tool that's better than a Dremel for $35.
 
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You can use a hacksaw but you need a Dremel to get into certain areas so its definitely worth a buy. OP, if you have a target near you you can buy a Black and Decker RTX rotary tool that's better than a Dremel for $35.
I second this recommendation, I bought a RTX and have been very happy with it's performance Vs. the cost of a similar type Dremel
 
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I just ripped my G4 Quicksilver's standoffs out using a locking pliers, they are press fit into the case so it will leave am octagonal hole slightly larger than the standondoff itself. Then I mounted my board by marking the holes and drilling and tapping 6-32 holes in the case and using 6-32 screws as studs, nylon spacers as standoffs, and securing the board with 6-32 nuts. As I recall one of the micro atx holes lined up pretty closely with one of the large holes created by the old standoff holes so I needed to use a washer to keep the screw in place.
 
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After struggling with the first few, I found a technique that worked well. I used a small bit to drill through the screw holes, and then using that hole as a centre, I used a larger bit on the other side. I can't remember off the top of my head the size of the bits.
 
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