I'm building a machine around this board but I haven't bought a case yet. Yes, what you're pointing out here is a quality control issue. I replace a board once in computer that failed to align properly. I shorted the board which angered me somewhat. So with the replacement board, I made sure all the ports, and hardware mounted perfectly on the board (before I screwed the board in). I trashed the case because the cpu fan & heatsink had to be mounted from behind the board. The case made no provision for rear cpu fan mounts. Thanks for bringing those details up. I will check my board.