Motherboard Installation Guide
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This installation guide describes a general procedure of installing a motherboard into a computer case. The installation procedure may vary with different cases or motherboard types. Please refer to your case and motherboard manuals for detailed instructions.
Note: Please install the CPU and memory onto the motherboard outside the case (see our CPU and memory installation guide for more information) when building a new system.
1. Replace the Rear I/O Panel Shield
Although most cases come with a standard rear I/O panel shield, each motherboard manufacturer can utilize different layouts for its rear I/O connectors. Please use the rear I/O panel shield that comes with the motherboard.
Some cases are shipped with standoffs already installed, others aren’t - you may need to install the standoffs manually.
Place the motherboard over the motherboard tray; line up the board with the standoffs so that you can see all the standoffs through the motherboard's mounting holes. Make sure the motherboard's rear I/O connectors match the previously installed rear I/O panel shield at the same time.
Secure the motherboard with the screws that come with the computer case - check the case manual to find out which screws to use. Insert the screws through the motherboard's mounting holes and fasten them one by one. Use firm pressure during the process, but do not fasten the screws too tight - that can damage the motherboard.
The motherboard installation process is done. Now you can connect any IDE/SATA devices to your motherboard, and install expansion cards such as a graphics card and sound card (if needed). Finally, don't forget to connect your power supply unit (see our installation guides for each of these components).