In the sticky top thread entitled , somebody wrote:
"The easiest way to install the push-pins is outside the case sitting on a non-conductive surface like the motherboard box"
Do you mean the literal cardboard box that the motherboard came in? So I can just put my motherboard on top of that cardboard box, and then turn the power on, and the motherboard and computer will run without a case?
(I'm sorry for asking such a basic question, but I was dumb and fried my last motherboard because I didn't know you had to install standoffs. So I want to make sure I don't waste a lot of money again. Assuming I'm successful, this will be my first home build. )
I was told that a wooden kitchen cutting board will also work for powering-on the motherboard, but I don't have one big enough for my motherboard. I just want you to tell me if the motherboard cardboard box is an alternative option running the computer.
yes you can run the computer on a cardboard box just don't' knock it over. Wood a towel or any other thing that doesn't conduct will suffice you got in trouble last time because a case is made out of metal and you shorted those hundreds of of little wires sticking out the back.
Yes, as long as nothing can short out the pins/solder on the back of the MB, it should be fine. You see benchmarking rigs run outside cases all the time. However, I must admit I have never done this. It may be better just to carefully install the MB in the case then start it up. If you have any questions/problems you could always come ask us for help.
I put my PC together on my kitchen table (wood) than move it to my desk to startup. I built one on carpet (I'm crazy like that) once before. I just had to make sure to ground myself against the case from time to time to remove static.
Go ahead and build it in your case first... just be sure to use the stand-offs this time ;-)
Only do the breadboarding (I thiiink that's the technical term for hooking up your mobo on a non-conductive surface) if you have to troubleshoot a malfunctioning board. Chances are you won't have to, and you'll save some time/hassle.
breadboards are generic prefab circuit boards used to test circuit design before you etch a custom board. Although many people will leave there projects ona breadboard to save the hassle of etching a board.