MB Standoffs...?

Im building my first computer and have a quick question about installing the standoffs for my Sabertooth P67 ATX board inside my CM Elite 430 mid tower case. The standoffs that come with the case dont all match. I have 7 that are the same and 2 that are slightly longer. It doesnt explain this in the case manual. What do I do? Thanks.

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  1. From the picture on Newegg, it looks like the 2 longer ones might go in the center slots.
  2. No the 2 center slots are for a mini atx board if in not mistaken. I have a full size atx board. I would expect part of the mounting surface to be recessed to accommodate the 2 longer standoffs but it isnt.
  3. Strange. I think you have found a defect in packaging. With the standoffs all installed, the motherboard should be level, and not bent.
    Looking at the back of the motherboard photo, I do not see any place where the mounting holes may be recessed, needing a longer part.

    I think I would contact ASUS support. They will mail you the correct parts.

    In the mean time, use 7 of the 9 that are the same.

    You can probably pick up a couple of proper sized standoffs at a local repair shop.

    If you are handy, just grind off the longer protrusion.
  4. geofelt said:
    Strange. I think you have found a defect in packaging. With the standoffs all installed, the motherboard should be level, and not bent.
    Looking at the back of the motherboard photo, I do not see any place where the mounting holes may be recessed, needing a longer part.

    I think I would contact ASUS support. They will mail you the correct parts.

    In the mean time, use 7 of the 9 that are the same.

    You can probably pick up a couple of proper sized standoffs at a local repair shop.

    If you are handy, just grind off the longer protrusion.



    I thought about it being a defect but the picture I used in my first post is the packing contents of someones else's elite 430 so therefor they received the same 2 standoffs. Also the elite 430 contents list has the 7 standoffs and the 2 different standoffs listed separately leading me to believe they are in there for a reason. I do have a bench grinder but I want to make sure that I dont make a critical mistake here.
  5. BTW the standoffs came with the case, not the motherboard.
  6. intenseblue98rt said:
    BTW the standoffs came with the case, not the motherboard.

    DUH! of course. My error.
    Looking at the case, there seem to be some different levels.
    Are two of the abc holes a bit recessed? If so, you would need longer standoffs there.
  7. geofelt said:
    DUH! of course. My error.
    Looking at the case, there seem to be some different levels.
    Are two of the abc holes a bit recessed? If so, you would need longer standoffs there.


    No, there are no recessed holes of any kind.

    Here is the response I got from cooler master just now. I guess this explains it but im still not sure which holes these go into first... Maybe im just a noob lol

    Quote Cooler Master Tech Support.
    Yes the slightly taller ones are guide standoffs, you install those first and help you line up every hole on the motherboard itself

    they pop up a bit within the motherboard standoff hole.
  8. There are a ton of different standoff's, if your case has a side-mount {vertical} expansion PCIe then that's probably where the (2) odd ones go.

  9. intenseblue98rt said:
    No, there are no recessed holes of any kind.

    Here is the response I got from cooler master just now. I guess this explains it but im still not sure which holes these go into first... Maybe im just a noob lol

    Quote Cooler Master Tech Support.
    Yes the slightly taller ones are guide standoffs, you install those first and help you line up every hole on the motherboard itself

    they pop up a bit within the motherboard standoff hole.


    Learned something new today. That is a great idea.

    I would put one of the guide standoffs in the A spot near the back plate cover. Put the other in the G spot . You sometimes need to be able to push the motherboard into the back plate cover. The guide standoffs will hold the motherboard in place while you screw in the mounting screws.

    I find it useful to use a #2 phillips head magnetic tip screwdriver to hold the mounting screws.
  10. intenseblue98rt said:

    Here is the response I got from cooler master just now. I guess this explains it but im still not sure which holes these go into first... Maybe im just a noob lol

    Quote Cooler Master Tech Support.
    Yes the slightly taller ones are guide standoffs, you install those first and help you line up every hole on the motherboard itself

    they pop up a bit within the motherboard standoff hole.


    Thanks for sharing this. More than 5 years after you posted this, it is still very useful for me, facing the exact same problem with my Cooler Master Elite 361 case.

    Thanks again!
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