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Forgot standoffs... what happens now?

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June 18, 2013 11:15:39 AM

So I finished making my first system a week ago, and today I suddenly realized that forget the standoffs. I have a Asus Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 and Corsair 800D. And it's been working fine since I've put it all together. What should I do now? Take it all out and put them in? I heard that that could fry the motherboard too... Needless to say, I am starting to freak out that my $2300 investment could go up in flames, literally...

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June 18, 2013 11:19:18 AM

Take everything apart, and put the standoffs on. If you ground yourself properly, and all power is disconnected, this shouldn't be a problem. Leaving it alone and using it without standoffs can be very dangerous.
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June 18, 2013 11:19:52 AM

? how do you even get the motherboard to stay in play without the standoffs and screws?
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June 18, 2013 11:21:02 AM

inherendo said:
? how do you even get the motherboard to stay in play without the standoffs and screws?


He likely just screwed it into the case. It probably threaded with some force.
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June 18, 2013 11:23:53 AM

expl0itfinder said:
inherendo said:
? how do you even get the motherboard to stay in play without the standoffs and screws?


He likely just screwed it into the case. It probably threaded with some force.


lol, motherboard screws are pretty short. That must have been extremely difficult to do. Don't know why people don't use manuals or realize they have spare pieces lying around.
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June 18, 2013 11:24:26 AM

If you're still reading this, you should have stopped 5 minutes ago.

Power down, unplug, take it apart and put the standoffs in.
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June 18, 2013 11:25:01 AM

Are you sure the standoffs aren't preinstalled? My 600T had them all in it already, and I think you would have had quite a bit of trouble getting the I/O shield to line up.
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June 18, 2013 11:25:12 AM

You are probably fine... The pics of the 800D on Newegg show standoffs on the case from the factory and there is no way your MB would be secure without them. If the MB wasn't loose and flopping all over the place last week, then you are probably fine. Double check though.
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June 18, 2013 11:27:21 AM

chugot9218 said:
Are you sure the standoffs aren't preinstalled? My 600T had them all in it already, and I think you would have had quite a bit of trouble getting the I/O shield to line up.


I believe my CM scout had some prescrewed as well. Like for microatx and if I had a bigger board, I'd just put additional ones in.

I always mess up getting the mobo to line up with the I/O shield. Can't see how OP even got this done without standoffs.
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June 18, 2013 11:30:22 AM

When some of you guys say take it apart, how much apart? Complete disassemble everything?

I cant remember if there were any preinstalled, but I do recall seen a bag of them after I finished.

And it lined up mostly, I think. Now that I look back, it wasnt perfect, but it was pretty darn flush to the IO shield.

I dont recall having to use too much for get screw them in.

Luckly i am on my laptop at work. My desktop is off now. And I'll be home in an hour to fix it.
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June 18, 2013 11:30:55 AM

^ Bingo. Wouldn't fit right, likely short out instantly, and Corsair seems to pre-install the basic ATX layout (they did on the 500R).
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June 18, 2013 11:32:32 AM

trama09 said:
When some of you guys say take it apart, how much apart? Complete disassemble everything?

And it lined up mostly, I think. Now that I look back, it wasnt perfect, but it was pretty darn flush to the IO shield.

I dont recall having to use too much for get screw them in.

Luckly i am on my laptop at work. My desktop is off now. And I'll be home in an hour to fix it.


You should be able to tell just by taking the side panel off and inspecting with a flashlight.
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June 18, 2013 11:36:42 AM

USAFRet said:
trama09 said:
When some of you guys say take it apart, how much apart? Complete disassemble everything?

And it lined up mostly, I think. Now that I look back, it wasnt perfect, but it was pretty darn flush to the IO shield.

I dont recall having to use too much for get screw them in.

Luckly i am on my laptop at work. My desktop is off now. And I'll be home in an hour to fix it.


You should be able to tell just by taking the side panel off and inspecting with a flashlight.


I know this is a stupid question, but what will I be looking for after taking off the side panels? If I take the side with the glass off, I wouldnt be able to tell, I dont think. And if I take the otherside, how would I tell?
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June 18, 2013 11:39:27 AM

sadams04 said:
You are probably fine... The pics of the 800D on Newegg show standoffs on the case from the factory and there is no way your MB would be secure without them. If the MB wasn't loose and flopping all over the place last week, then you are probably fine. Double check though.


I see what youre saying with the pics on Newegg. I think that's why mine was when I got it. I don't think i'd be able to keep my MB in place without them.

For the record, I got my 800D from NCIX.
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June 18, 2013 2:44:38 PM

Took it all apart and the standoffs have already been in there. WOOT!
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June 18, 2013 2:52:33 PM

Because they physically raise the height of your MOBO, the I/O ports of the MOBO would not hit the cutout correctly if they weren't. FYI my 600t had no standoff in the middle, instead it had a kind of guide peg or something to make it easier to place the MOBO correctly over the rest of the standoffs.
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