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Tool-free expansion slots.

Mar 25, 2009
Somewhere in the underground
System Name Built Entirely With Parts From CompUSA
Processor E7400 2.8 @ 3.6 [9.0*400/1.31v]
Motherboard Gigabyte EP45-UD3R
Cooling Masscool 8WA741
Memory 2x1GB Corsair XMS2 800 4-4-4-12
Video Card(s) BFG 9800GTX+OC; GTS250 BIOS
Storage 2x WD 250GB AAKS in RAID0!
Display(s) 19" I-Inc LCD @ 1440x900
Case Ultra X-Blaster Clear Side
Audio Device(s) Audigy with X-Fi drivers; Logitech X-540s
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Software Vista 32-Bit
Did anyone else just do away with their tool-free plastic strip on their expansion slots? I dunno if it's just my case but I couldn't get the vid card in without taking the strip off and then clipping it over the card after installing it. This time around with the installing of my new PSU and HDs (my SATA ports are under the card, I 'mangle' the SATA connectors to get them to fit underneath the card) I just decided to toss it altogether. It had a really flimsy hold on the cards anyway. Plus soon enough the only expansion card I'll be using will be my vid card, and then another vid card when I go SLI, so it's not like the tool-free design is of much use.

Ahh, I remember back when any internet connected computer had to have at least 3 expansion cards, now these days with on-board LAN and audio as good as it is, things have come so far.
May 31, 2008
Switzerland, Heart of Europe
System Name Fractality 1.0
Processor Intel Core i7-860 @ 3.6GHz
Motherboard EVGA P55 SLI
Cooling Prolimatech Megahalems and four Fractal Design 120mm fans, sleeved
Memory 16GB Kingston Hyper RAM
Video Card(s) PNY GeForce 580 XLR8
Storage 64GB and 180GB SSDs / 1TB and 2TB HDDs
Display(s) 24" Acer V243W
Case Fractal Design Define R2, sleeved all I/O cables
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair HX750W modular, sadly only stock sleeving
Software Win 7 64bit
Oh yeah I ahd that once with a Thermaltake Soprano. Graphics card I wanted to install used two slots, I also had to take off the "strip". And this contraption wasn't holding anything right. I rather go with screws.