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I'm looking for a motherboard tray but I'm not seeing a lot of good options at a reasonable rate, and I figure I can just get a tray cut in acrylic along with other stuff. But is acrylic strong enough to hold up an ATX motherboard with a CPU HSF and GPU? I'm aware it's a fairly brittle plastic that tends to crack under stress, at least it does for 3d printers, but for this is it acceptable?
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It's plenty strong if you use thick enough material, however the possibility of static electricity during assembly is a huge problem
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It's plenty strong if you use thick enough material, however the possibility of static electricity during assembly is a huge problem

Hmm, I see. A metal piece isn't good enough? Where exactly is the static charge a problem, static on the acrylic going to the motherboard or me to the motherboard? And are there any decent powder coated motherboard trays on the market?
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The static problem is that a whole lot of different materials will create a massive static charge when they brush against the acrylic, then since it's not conductive, the charge will not be equal across it's surface area and it will probably spark to the board. Also if it's dry and you or your clothes rub against it or anything it could charge up and if you touched the board it would probably jump through it. Motherboards are designed to be screwed to a single metal plate, the areas around the screws are bare so that the screws electrically ground the metal and the board together. One advantage of this would be the whole computer box being at equal potential so that even if you static zapped the case, there would be no potential across any of the components.

tldr it's just a bad idea. people might do it but it seems really stupid.

I don't know if anyone makes a metal tray you can put in a plastic case, but it seems like somebody should
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