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Will it be okay if I'm missing a standoff for this location on the motherboard? Also, how do you take an I/O shield out of a case?

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So my case didn't come with enough standoffs to fill all 9 screw holes on the Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2. The circled part is the area I'll be missing a standoff in, would it be okay to not have a standoff there or should I go to Fry's and buy some? Yeah my ASRock 970 Extreme3 was narrow so I didn't need the three screws on the far right side of the Extreme3.

Also, what's an easy way to get an I/O shield out of a case? I saw some guy on Youtube use a hammer to get rid of it, but it doesn't exactly look safe to do for the case. I need to replace the Extreme3 I/O shield and switch it with the Sabertooth I/O Shield.
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Yes you could install it minus a standoff, though I'd probably get all the corners and leave one toward the middle out until you can get more.

As far as popping out he I/O shield goes, you shouldn't need a hammer.
Pushing on it by hand has always been enough for me with any case.
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It seems like I have seen that standoff missing on a lot of cases. I am not sure why. I just installed a motherboard in an NZXT vulcan and it didn't have a standoff there.
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  1. It should be fine without that one as it's not load bearing. There is nothing there except front I/O panel connections. Just hook everything up down there before you plug the boards power in, so in case if it bottoms out on the motherboard tray it does short out.
  2. I think the easiest way is taking the back of the handle of a screw driver, and taping around the border of the I/O shield. There's a bend in the I/O shield that goes all the way around the edge of the case cut out. Just hit that with the back of a screw driver here and there and you shouldn't bend anything. Once a corner of it is broke free you can pretty much just tap and pull it out. Tho I wouldn't use a hammer, that would just scratch your case all to hell to just take out a I/O shield.
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