Do I need spacers/standoffs?

April 30, 2006 at 05:52:15
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I'm trying to put together a computer of used parts for my daughter and before I mount the motherboard, I wanted to know if I need to use any of those brass spacers.

The case has little raised bumps (about a 1/4 inch high) with the screw holes sticking out of it (not to sound crude, but they look like metal nipples with holes in them, sticking out of the case) and one spot in the back corner near the mouse/keyboard plugs for a plastic spacer. Now, I placed the motherboard in the case just to see how it lines up. All screw holes line up with the little raised screw hole bumps.

I put the video card in to see how it lined up and it fits perfectly as is. If I put spacers in, that mean the cards would sit too high and wouldn't screw into the back plates on the case.

Should I assume from this that the raised screw holes themselves act as spacers to keep the underside of the board from touching the case?

Also, should I use the little burgandy washers on the screws or not? If so, are they used on both sides of the board?


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April 30, 2006 at 05:58:34
Sounds like a go to me. I've used a few cases that had MB trays with the raised mounts.

The insulating washers are a judgement call. I normally don't use any. Remember, you want contact with the case for grounding purposes. Washers are only good for protecting the motherboard from the screw head (and perhaps cushioning against over-zealous screwdriving).

"If it ain't broke, upgrade anyway."


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April 30, 2006 at 06:01:28
Ok, thanks for the quick reply! :)

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