need help another moronic question about my mobo

By ppsssooo
Jul 24, 2005
  1. when installing the motherboard into the atx case do you just lay it flat against the metal and screw it in, because i don't want to bend the pins on the bottom of the board. any answers would be helpful thx.
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    There will be screwholes for metal standoffs in the case, the standoffs should have come with the case. There are several patterns drilled in the case. pick the holes that correspond to the ones in your motherboard. Invariably there will be one hole that will not line up. either don't fill that one or cover the top of the standoff with good tape that won't come off or wear through for several years. Then screw the motherboard down onto the standoffs.
  3. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    also, when you're screwing the board into place, get all screws in thier erspective holes but leave the loose enough for the board to move a little. then tighten, starting with the screws closest to the back of the case, working your way towards the front. most people don't realize it, but incorrect mounting can put tensions on the board. as the board heats and cools during use, these tensions can cause hairline fractures, thus rendering the motherboard broken and not repairable.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Nicely said and done.

    Also, make sure that you have the m/b raised from the casing, if for any reason those pins at the bottom make contact with something that conducts electricity, you will have problems starting up your comp at best. At worst.... let your imagination run wild!
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