I have several 286, 386 and 486 motherboards that I would like to use. My problem is that while I have all of the components to make them functional, I don't have spare cases to put them in. Ideally, I would put them in period correct AT cases. However, I am finding it difficult and/or expensive to source AT cases. You would think something like AT cases would be cheap and easy to find. Since they made millions upon millions of them.
Many times, the shipping alone is more than a modern ATX case shipped to my house. And before you mention it, I've looked in many thrift stores, eBay, Craigslist, etc. in my area.
So I was thinking of just getting the most boring, plain white ATX cases I can find and try to put the motherboards in there.
First off, I know I will have an issue with AT to ATX power. I prefer using modern PSU's anyway so what I have done previously is just buy a modern ATX PSU and then buy an ATX to AT power button converter off eBay (these are cheap). So I have power covered.
The next hurdle is going to be the AT keyboard connector. Many times, AT cases have a hole drilled into the case for the AT keyboard connector. So this might be an issue.
Other than that, what are the other pitfalls I may run into? I don't have a spare ATX case at the moment to test this theory.
I don't mind modding a case but if it's going to be lots and lots of work, I may just pay the premiums for AT cases.