GA-890GPA question on board Building
Ok so as this is my 1st complete build. As I am installing the mobo do I use screws and a little red washer ? I do not see any thing in the manual about what screws and or washers I need to use specifically ? I just do not want to short out the mobo by accident ?
What case do you have? The case should have instructions about which screws are for the motherboard, which ones are for the HDDs and which ones are for the optical drives.
Most cases have little brass standoffs, only one type of screw that came with the case will screw into the standoff easily, these are the ones you want to use.
discboy321 said:Ok so as this is my 1st complete build. As I am installing the mobo do I use screws and a little red washer ? I do not see any thing in the manual about what screws and or washers I need to use specifically ? I just do not want to short out the mobo by accident ?
Ok I'll break it down in steps. sorry if i add to much common knowledge I'll just try and be as clear as possible
1. first things first make sure your case is in a safe area that you can easily access. Also if your case has a removable motherboard trey take it out if you want. If you prefer to assemble your motherboard (RAM, CPU, CPU cooler) outside of the case do so. Personally i do it all in the case.
2. take the copper stand-offs that came with your case (the little golden pillars) and screw them into the holes in the side of your case.
3. Look at your motherboard and make sure you screwed the stand-offs in the right place. Your case will have a few more places to screw them in than you need. the other holes are for a smaller motherboard. Do not use more or less stand-offs than you need to fill all the holes in your motherboard
4. Put your motherboards custom I/O back panel on.
5. Touch some part of your case that is metal or your power supply to dissipate static
6. Take your motherboard and carefully place it in your case and line it up with the back panel and all the little stand-offs
7. Take those paper washers and place them on all the screws you need. Make sure they all have washers on them so metal screws are not touching your motherboard. Screws should have came with your case so take which ever ones your case manual says to use.
8. Using a non-magnetic screw driver start to screw in all the screws. Just make them tight enough, don't tighten them to much or try to hard to tighten them just make it to were you get a bit of resistance.
If you have any more questions just let me know or if i haven't gone over exactly what you need just let me know. I hope this helps.
The manual tells about the screws but says nothing about any washers. How ever it does make sense to use the red paper washers. My stuff :
Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136497
LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM
Item #: N82E16811994001
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103724
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136177
Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817182069
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231276
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128435
SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102870
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
I also should have looked at the board more closely due to the sata ports are pointing sideways rather than straight. This page "http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building" has helped me out a lot. I also noticed that the psu I got is way too big but if I ever rebuild I will already have a nice big power supply.
The heavy metallic looking ring around each of the MB mounting holes is part of the ground plane of the MB and MUST be in contact with the case metalwork. In other words do NOT use insulating washers under the heads of mounting screws. Do be careful to only install spacers where there are mounting holes because spacers in the wrong place can contact circuitry other than the ground plane. Poor MB grounding will cause all sorts of strange performance quirks.