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View Full Discussion Thanks! I'm worried that I'll buy parts that aren't compatible; want to get all my ducks in a row before ordering so I don't waste time & $. Now I'm searching to see if this works with USB-C connectors. The Zeal60 website says to make sure to check sufficient clearance for USB-C on a case. There's a lot to consider when building a keeb...
Another question: Willy any ANSI plate work for this? I was looking at this Sentraq https://sentraq.com/collections/parts/products/60-aluminum-plate?variant=10596342919 I don't like the KBD one as it's a universal. Thanks!!!
That plate will work, but keep in mind that you'll need PCB mounted stabilizers for it.
Also, I bought what looks to be the same type of sentraq plate on here a while back (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/60-aluminum-plate/talk#discussions) and I didn't really didnt like it. It was very thin and flimsy feeling, and also had a clearance issue with the switch at the spacebar, but they may have improved since then.
Is there a plate that you'd recommend?
I like the plates from KBDfans and they're reasonably priced, but they are the universal option. You could give the sentraq plate a shot and always change it out later if you end up not liking it. Since the zeal board is hot-swappable it would be super easy, as opposed to my build which was all soldered down and much more of a pain to switch.
I'm not completely averse to a universal plate. I just thought that it may be a little less secure due to the extra cutouts; probably not though really. I purchased these stabilizers: https://zealpc.net/products/zealstabilizerss the Sentraq plate specifically stated that PCB stabilizers are recommended. The KBDFans plate page doesn't say which type to use. Will they work with the KBDFans? Also, really appreciate your input/help :-)
The KBDfans plates also use PCB mounted stabilizers so youre good either way.
As far as how secure it would be to use the universal plate with hotswap switches, I don't think you'd have any issues, but if you decide to use that type you might want to be a little careful if youre removing the keycaps on the enter and \ key since the switches in those spots arent secured as well as they would be on an ANSI plate, and might want to pop up with the keycap.
Just buy an entire gk64 keyboard and transfer it into this case. It's only $65, or $58 through the banggood app.
I want to build one. I can "just buy" anything; that's no fun ;-)