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BTX mod on a TJ07 advice

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Just got the case and sent all the internals out for powder coating and then decided to do the btx mod....

My question is that I left the backplate and mobo tray rivited together but I know I will have to drill them out to flip the tray.
Since I don't have the parts to look at it right now I want to know if there is going to be any if the stainless exposed after the swap or should I try and drill them out before it gets painted....

Also if it is exposed will it be on the backplate or the tray?

I plan on getting a murder mod backplate when there available and if there is any exposed stainless on the tray it should be under the mobo or on the back side so I'm just not sure if this is a big deal or not.....

Also anyone that has done this that might have any advice please chime in!
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It's actually reverse-ATX, BTX is a different form factor altogether.

Do you have a windowed or non-windowed version? From what I gather, doing the mod is not possible on windowed versions since the side panels can't be switched. You would have to have a windowless version and cut the window yourself. Since Silverstone doesn't sell just replacement side panels you'd be up a creek without a paddle.

You also need a modified back-panel, either by Murdermod, customized, or one from the UK (forget who made them) in order to accomplish teh reverse ATX mod.

This thread may help: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111750
post #3 of 7
don't feel bad on getting it wrong, I did the same thing! I think there is even a site that refers to the reverse atx as BTX and that was where I got my idea of it being called that.

EDIT also I think million dollar PC or mdpc or one of those companies can help as I think they are the old murder box guys but not sure
Edited by Bradford1040 - 7/19/11 at 9:19am
post #4 of 7
yes you need to de revit the sliding part, you should call the powdercoater and tell them to hold on, until you do it,

also once you powdercoat everything the size will expand and you will have big problems sliding the mobo tray due to size difference

i recommend you powdercoating just the mobo tray and leaving the sliding rails as they are to ensure that the size does not change dramatically
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Thanks guys. I actual still have the top rail that the tray slides on in the case so that won't get painted.

Also I have the windowed version but I'm just going to cut the same window hole in the other panel and get 2 pieces of acrylic smoke black have just have tinted widows on both sides

As far as the back plate goes I wasn't aware that it needed to be modded. I seen a few short posts about this mod and never noticed that they modded the back plate but I will look into that for sure. I plan on getting a murder mod back plate when there available but I spoke with Charles and they won't be ready to ship the new products til then end if august frown.gif
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And thanks rushmore. I try and catch them before it gets done to drill those rivits out and try and get the lower guide for the tray back
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I have a TJ07 myself and went through the whole ATX-BTX alteration and it has worked out great for me. Defiantly recommend it, cooler temps on the GPU because the heat doesn't go through the PCB.
I was able to do the mod without drilling or installing a single rivet. The top mobo tray rail, when you first get the case, had to be moved to the bottom and screwed into the dividing plate with a couple spacers to raise it about 12mm. The back-plate and mobo tray are able to stay together without a problem.
The only downside is that with the tray reversed in a BTX orientation I wasn't able to place a rail at the top of the case. The whole mobo tray is just supported by the bottom rail and the screws in the back. Haven't had any structural issues yet.
    
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