My guide to installing a motherboard in your computer
By Robert B.
Although it may appear to be challenging, installing a motherboard is one of the easiest steps of building a computer.
Like any good effort, the results will be the best if there is plenty of preparation.
This is no different for installing any computer part, including motherboards.
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I've divided this "prep" work into the four following steps (feel free to skip these steps if you already have your motherboard together and go straight down to installing a motherboard):
- Selecting a motherboard and a processor with my computer motherboard reviews.
- Installing a CPU.
- Installing a CPU fan.
- And how to install RAM.
Installing a Motherboard
Here I'll outline for you the actual mounting of your motherboard in your computer case. I'm assuming that you've completed the above steps and are ready to install a motherboard in the computer case.
- If your computer is plugged in, unplug it. Make sure you have your antistatic wrist band on and open the computer's case.
Next, screw in the spacers that should have came with you case into the holes that you selected above. Some computers may also have snap-in spacers instead of the screw in spacers. The spacers look like this:
Hold the motherboard just above the case to find which holes of the case line up with the holes in the mother board.
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- Once the spacers are securely in it's time to install your motherboard by gently laying it in the case onto the spacers. When the holes of the motherboard line up with the holes of the spacers, screw the motherboard in place with the screws provided with the case.
Do not over tighten these screws as they can crack and ruin your motherboard. If the screw's head looks too wide and it may disrupt the motherboards circuitry you can place a rubber buffer between the screw and the board.
- Finally, the last step for installing a motherboard is to make some of the basic connections. Which include the case's on/off switch, case indicator lights, reset button, and speakers. The location of these connections are different in every computer, so check your motherboard's user manual.
Also connect the computer power supply to the motherboard, usually two to three connections depending on your motherboard, and you are ready to do a preliminary test.
Testing a Motherboard
Got everything completed above? Good! The finally step of installing a motherboard is to test it.
- Insert your video graphics card into the AGP slot of your mother board (more on this here(link)) and secure it to the computer case with a screw.
- Hook up your monitor, keyboard, and mouse; and plug the computer into a power outlet.
- Your computer should beep and display the basic BIOS information on the screen. If this doesn't happened or your computer doesn't turn on, check all of the connections you made while installing your motherboard.
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