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How do you file down a piece of computer case metal blocking my PCIe card ports?

I have a computer case that has a metal groove sticking perpendicular out of the edge of my case's first PCIe slot (the only one I can use since I'm using a mATX board). Unfortunately, this metal groove slightly blocks HDMI and Display port connectors going into my GPU (all GPUs I have encountered this problem, so it's a case problem and not a GPU-port placement issue).
So far, my solution has been to slightly bend the GPU towards the other PCIe slots, so that the HDMI/DP ports are moved more to the middle where the groove doesn't block my connectors.
However, I'm wondering if there is a more permanent solution, such as filing down this groove with sandpaper or a filer. Has anyone attempted to file down pieces of their metal case (steel or aluminum)? I tried for a few minutes another day but didn't get very far.

My case is an Apevia BK-500 in case anyone was wondering.
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How do you file down a piece of computer case metal blocking my PCIe card ports?

I have a computer case that has a metal groove sticking perpendicular out of the edge of my case's first PCIe slot (the only one I can use since I'm using a mATX board). Unfortunately, this metal groove slightly blocks HDMI and Display port connectors going into my GPU (all GPUs I have encountered this problem, so it's a case problem and not a GPU-port placement issue).
So far, my solution has been to slightly bend the GPU towards the other PCIe slots, so that the HDMI/DP ports are moved more to the middle where the groove doesn't block my connectors.
However, I'm wondering if there is a more permanent solution, such as filing down this groove with sandpaper or a filer. Has anyone attempted to file down pieces of their metal case (steel or aluminum)? I tried for a few minutes another day but didn't get very far.

My case is an Apevia BK-500 in case anyone was wondering.

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Use a dremel to cut and or sand it down.
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Thanks, I had no idea what those were called. Is that one something you recommend?
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Use a dremel to cut and or sand it down.

Thanks i had no idea either wink.gifthumb.gif

i just looked at pictures till i found the thing that looks like what i have.
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Thanks, I had no idea what those were called. Is that one something you recommend?

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If you have never used power tools like this before, practice on a scrap piece first; they are not as easy to control as you may think. You don't say how much metal you need to remove. If it's not very much, you would be much better off using a fine file to remove the excess metal. It will be slower but you will be far less likely to make a mistake than you would with a faster cutting tool. You just have to be patient.

We could give you better advice if you could post some photos of what needs to be removed.
     
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If you have never used power tools like this before, practice on a scrap piece first; they are not as easy to control as you may think. You don't say how much metal you need to remove. If it's not very much, you would be much better off using a fine file to remove the excess metal. It will be slower but you will be far less likely to make a mistake than you would with a faster cutting tool. You just have to be patient.

We could give you better advice if you could post some photos of what needs to be removed.

here is a pic:

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That lip stiffens the span so you don't want to remove all of it. I would either use a file to remove only the area interfering with the connector or just fold the flange over flat either tor the entire length or just where the connector is.
     
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Can you compress it with pliers? 

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