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What is the minumum MB support needed?

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I decided to put a computer in a filing cabinet drawer. I have a couple old computers I can rip and cut trays from if necessary.

I am wondering if I could simply zip tie the board to the side rails of the drawer, or if I really need to cut a tray and fit that. The rails have holes in the top and the drawer is wide enough to fit the board flat and this would leave about 3-4 inches of space underneath the mb so no metal contact worries. The cpu cooler is 600g (1 1/3lb) so I wasn't sure if it would warp or not.
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It depends on the orientation of the mb. Since it's in a drawer I can assume it will be flat on its back. As long as you don't need to add any PCIe cards, anything static-free will work.

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RPI Compy
(14 items)
 
Sister's rig
(11 items)
 
Family HTPC
(10 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820k MSI X99S MPOWER GTX 980 Ti 8x4gb 3000 MHz Crucial DDR4 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro Custom WC loop 480mm & 560mm Windows 10 ROG SWIFT 
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CM Quickfire TK Greens Corsair RM1000w Custom 3d-printed case Steelseries Rival 
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CSGO Steelseries Creative Aurvana Live! 2 
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I think what you're asking is should you suspend the motherboard by zipties along two edges, with heavy stuff in the middle. No, not really something I would recommend. At bare minimum get something to set the board onto. Better to screw it down onto. Even a scrap of plywood or MDF would be far better. Zip tie either of those to the rails, and set the mobo on that.
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