i'm building my first pc right now and i've run into a serious problem - i can't get my mobo into the case (ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 and Cooler Master HAF 912, respectively), because the two standoffs that came permanently attached in my case are not lining up precisely with the holes. i took out the I/O panel and it still won't fit. i can only seat one standoff at a time, with the other visibly askew underneath the board, slightly. and the standoffs are labeled B and E and go through the top- and middle-right holes in the mobo.
is it normal for pre-installed standoffs to take some trial and error to line up correctly? they slide in pretty easily in the videos i've seen but i don't think they had standoffs already in. i'm not exerting any real force but i'm worried about damaging the mobo if the edge of the hole rests on the standoff for any period of time. anyone else have this problem?
I have the same MB and an Antec 300 case. The front 3 mounting studs were over 1 inch away from the mounting holes in the MB. I left it that way but installed the front 24 pin power connector using my hand to back up the MB. Had a very slight placement problem with the rest of the mounting studs but just don't tighten all of the screws until you get them all started slightly.
BTW, My ASRock MB did NOT have mounting posts or screws to attach the MB to the case. Glad I'm not a first time builder. Also, only got 1 SATA HD cable. What's with that? Good board so far, though.
thanks for the assistance, guys. i ended up solving it myself late last night (about 4 hours before work ) - i took a break to calm my nerves and after that i managed to get it in without much hassle. again, i'm a first time builder, applying any amount of force to the board freaks me out, lol. sorry for the noob-panic.
and yeah, all the asrock came with was a few cables and the i/o panel. the case came with all the standoffs and screws, which I thought was peculiar.