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October 18, 2013 5:01:36 PM

Nevermind, Its fixed.

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a c 92 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:07:07 PM

From the looks of it, that barely scratched the conformal coating on top of a piece of ground/power copper plane and some fat traces so the likelihood of functionally significant damage is (very) low.
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:08:15 PM

I don't even see any indentation...but you really shouldn't claim it came damaged when you damaged it. I'm guessing it will work find since most boards have a protective coating, it doesn't look like any traces were severed, so i'd guess it'll be fine.
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October 18, 2013 5:12:20 PM

Jaxem said:
I don't even see any indentation...but you really shouldn't claim it came damaged when you damaged it. I'm guessing it will work find since most boards have a protective coating, it doesn't look like any traces were severed, so i'd guess it'll be fine.


Indeed i cant see physical damage either i think it just hit it but it didnt do damage at all... I hope im not wrong.. this is my first build... I got all teh parts exept the psu which should arrive next week... I just hope everything works...
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October 18, 2013 5:14:24 PM

Are those dots to the left of the big white "CE" normal?
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:14:35 PM

I'm sure it will be fine, motherboards take more abuse than most people would think, if you can't see anything wrong where it hit, there's hardly a chance it will not work :) 
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:16:07 PM

Maxive said:
Are those dots to the left of the big white "CE" normal?


Probably, they're definitely not from the screwdriver.
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October 18, 2013 5:20:45 PM

Jaxem said:
I'm sure it will be fine, motherboards take more abuse than most people would think, if you can't see anything wrong where it hit, there's hardly a chance it will not work :) 


Nice also since you seem you have experience, Im worried that when I was placing teh components on their place liek the Mobo, Gpu, Ram, CPU, HDD, etc one of those could ahve got broke by ESD... I mean I'm new to PC buildinga nd I'm afraid because i touched something wrong it would stop working because if static electricity cause I didnt wear a static wristband... I did touch the case form tiem to time and other metal stuff just to be sure but I searched on google and I saw some people were saying when you give ESD to a component you dont really feel it since the Voltage is too low for you to feel it... So I'm afraid any of teh components got damaged... I Tryed to touch all components by the sides also when i was placing the motherboard it took me a while to get it inside teh IO metal thing it came with so I moved the MOBO A bit whiel it wsa on top of the standoffs coudl that have damegd the MOBO too?

Thanksa lot bro! Really aprpeciated!
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:24:45 PM

If you were rolling around on the carpet while building you might have an issue with ESD, but if you touched the case before you started, it's very unlinkely that you'll have a problem because of it, i haven't used a wristband since my first build and have never had a problem. Touching your case before and every once in a while is just as good. Moving the motherboards on the standoffs a bit probably didn't hurt anything either, the solders and traces are very smooth and have a coating to help protect them. You should be just fine. It stinks you have to wait on your PSU, but from the sound of it you did just fine :) 
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October 18, 2013 5:26:57 PM

Also before connecting the PSU when I get it ill amke sure to watch some more videos... I already connected all teh front panel cables to the MoBo also the case and cpu Fans and 2 sata3 cables(1 for the HDD and one for teh optical drive) I guess I only have to connect 2x6pin PCI-E to the GPU, 8pin to the CPU power and 24pin to the Mobo power and soem missing 4pin Molex Fans... anyways about sata3 I just connected the cable frm teh mobo to the HDD and another one to the optical drive the way the fitted in... Is there a correct way of fitting them? SInce I noticed there was only 1 way in to connect them they fitted perfectly I connected 1 to the SATA3 6gb port 1 aand teh other to SATA3 6gb port 2(port 2 some other where turned the other way... they werent laced as port 1...) Its hard to explain i guess ill take some pics later and make a new thread or just post here... I just want to know i plugegd everything ok...
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:29:50 PM

It sounds like you did, it doesn't matter which ports you plug the sata into, and they only fit one way as you found. It should go exactly as you outlined, you sound ready to finish :) 
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a c 92 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:34:37 PM

Maxive said:
Nice also since you seem you have experience, Im worried that when I was placing teh components on their place liek the Mobo, Gpu, Ram, CPU, HDD, etc one of those could ahve got broke by ESD...

Discrete components (as in loose semiconductors not soldered on a PCB) are very vulnerable to ESD. Components soldered on a PCB with power components and all the other stuff are usually a fair bit more resilient since ESD on the power/ground plane will spread evenly across the board and usually not jump anywhere because the whole board gets brought to the same voltage at once. ESD on IO pins might cause damaged but on assembled cards, the body-diodes of IO drivers can redirect most of the energy to filter capacitors on the IO driver power supply so the chances of survival should be reasonably good at least for human-body ESD model.

As long as you grab components by the edges (power and ground traces/planes usually are the first thing near PCB edges across all layers), steel IO plates and other surfaces usually connected to the device's electrical ground, you should be fine. Also important is to maintain contact with both the component and computer you are either parting or putting together until they are clear from any risk of ESD to prevent ESD from unevenly building up on either device in the (dis)assembly process.
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October 18, 2013 5:34:49 PM

Jaxem said:
It sounds like you did, it doesn't matter which ports you plug the sata into, and they only fit one way as you found. It should go exactly as you outlined, you sound ready to finish :) 


Nice kk, and lastly did I install my GPU good? as you can see on teh picture I just grabbed 2 screws from my case screw bag and screwed them where I though it would hold the motherboard in place... you can clearly see them in teh picture... the card moves a bit if I grab it and try to move it on the other side...
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:38:09 PM

Yeah, it looks done right, top slot, screws holding the bracket. It's fine that the card moves a little when wiggled, that's normal.
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October 18, 2013 5:39:47 PM

By the way when I was placing teh motherboard inside the case I normally grabbed it from the CPU heatsink but at one point I grabbed it a bit from a Blue plastic thing...(Low left on the mobo picture...) That blue thing moved a bit when i grabbed it since the mobo was a bit heavy... so I immediatly palced it dowwn and tryed to place the blue thing back down... The blue thing had screws so and I didnt think it came out from anything... I would just say it elevated a bit... I searched on google and I think its a heatsink... could that have dameged the board in any way? that woudl be like the last think I have on my midn right now... haha
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 5:43:51 PM

Yeah, it was just a heatsink, they aren't super secure, but you just pulled it up off the VRM's a bit, if you push it back down onto the thermal pad (which you already did) it's find, i've done the same thing, grab by the edges in the future :) 
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October 18, 2013 5:59:17 PM

Jaxem said:
Yeah, it was just a heatsink, they aren't super secure, but you just pulled it up off the VRM's a bit, if you push it back down onto the thermal pad (which you already did) it's find, i've done the same thing, grab by the edges in the future :) 


Nice kk and latly since you have more experience... When you notmally install PSUs into your builds are their cables strong? Cause the thing I did have the psu... It was an XFX 850w Core Edition But while i was connecting the cpu 8pin power cable trying to place it in 3 of the small wires going to one if the 4pin of the 8pin cpu power came out... When that happened i was so mad... Lol i called the seller and told tem what happened... I dont think i actually broke the small cables, i think the psu wasnt good assembled(it was probably a faulty one which didnt had the cables good assembled) so they said me to send them the psu back and that they would send me a new one back now im waiting for them to send me it and i guess ill be more careful but i would like to know... Are cables fragile? Like on youtube when i see people building builds they usually conmect them with a bit of force and tey never come out... Anyways i also wanted to thank you bro for all the help thanks a lot man, I really appreciate it, you helped me a lot and answered many of my doubts, thanks!
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 18, 2013 6:01:24 PM

That's not something that normally happens, PSU cables are usually pretty tough, sounds like a fluke, i mean, don't go crazy with the cables, but you don't have to be super gentle (you probably won't get them plugged in if you are)
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October 18, 2013 6:11:45 PM

Jaxem said:
That's not something that normally happens, PSU cables are usually pretty tough, sounds like a fluke, i mean, don't go crazy with the cables, but you don't have to be super gentle (you probably won't get them plugged in if you are)


I know i mean i was trying to conenct it and then i notice 3 of the wires pop out and i was like wow wtf? Haha inhope the new one is stronger i guess and this time before installing the psu invthe case ill connect everything and try turning it on just to be sure then ill do some cable management or better airflow and install the psu...
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October 18, 2013 6:16:01 PM

Also after i get all the parts how should i do my first boot? Like what should be connected? Should i pop in any CDs? Should i have my hdd and optical drive connected? Should i edit any bios settings? Any tips? Also do you think i should get windows 7 or 8? I will be gaming...
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 19, 2013 10:23:57 AM

I would go into the bios first off and switch your case fans to automatic so they aren't blasting at full power when you're doing setup, shutdown, pop in your OS dvd, and do the install. Try to only have your optical drive and whatever drive you're installing to connected, it makes it go more smoothly.
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a c 92 V Motherboard
October 19, 2013 10:43:35 AM

Maxive said:
Also after i get all the parts how should i do my first boot?

The first thing I would do after putting a PC together and verifying that everything shows up where expected is run memtest86 for 10+ hours to see if there might be any obvious RAM issues. Although rare, spending several days installing and configuring your software only to discover a few weeks later that your system got corrupted by bad memory you could have found on day-1 if you had run the test first sucks. It happened to me once... I usually run memtest86 for a few hours after changing DIMMs or timings but the one time I didn't do it was the one time I got a DIMM with a bad bit in it. Doh!
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October 19, 2013 4:49:43 PM

Jaxem said:
I would go into the bios first off and switch your case fans to automatic so they aren't blasting at full power when you're doing setup, shutdown, pop in your OS dvd, and do the install. Try to only have your optical drive and whatever drive you're installing to connected, it makes it go more smoothly.


Alright and last question of all would be... If i connected one if the front IO panel wires wrongly like maybe on the wrong pin ex. The pwrsw - connected to the mobo + etc... And i press the power button and it doesnt work... Could that damage the mobo? Or i can just flip the pwrsw so the - is with the mobos - and the + with the + ? (The pwrsw is 2pin thats why and it doesnt say which pin its "pwr" and which is "ground" like it says on the mobos manual... The case manual doesnt say npthing... The cable has a small arrow on one of the pins... On the other pins the arrow means +... But idk if the arrow means PWR or GROUND... I guess power so as you can see in the pic i connected it that way... I think its good that way... But i asked just to be sure... By the way will a USB keyboard/mouse work with this mobo? Or do i need a ps/2 adapter? And once i get the pc running etc and someday i want to take a component like the gpu out or the ram to take some pictures of them what should i do before taking it out? I think all i have to do to take any component out is turn the pc off, unplug the psu power cord, turn psu off and them idk if i should also unplug all the other psu cables connected to mobo etc too... Am i missing something else before i can safely remove my gpu/ram/hdd/cpu? After i take it out can i just place it back in? And then plug all the wires back in and turn it on? By the way once I select the best answer in this thread will the thread get closed automatically?

Thanks a lot, Really appreciated!
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a c 81 V Motherboard
October 21, 2013 9:20:28 AM

It won't damage anything if you get the front panel wrong, it just won't start, i've done it a few times, every board is a little different and it can be maddening, the power and reset don't even matter which way they go, but even with the one's that do, it won't hurt anything if you get them backwards at first.

the thread won't close if you pick a solution, but it will be marked as 'solved' which makes people much less likely to come to your thread. If you post to the thread after that though, other people who have posted to it will still get a notification (myself and InvalidError)
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