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motherboard spacers or standoffs


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#1 RB_Kandy

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

My friend is building a computer, I told her about these things that should be made of plastic or rubber, to stop the motherboard from shorting out when you turn it on. She can't find anything made of plastic or rubber, the instructions say nothing about this, and her friend says he never used any such thing when building a computer.
I am on web cam with them, but they are chatting away in Norwegian, so I can't talk to this guy. I don't even know what these things are called.

Is it possible that a Sabortooth z77 doesn't need spacers or standoff's?
I am trying to warn them that something must separate the motherboard from the metal of the case. Am I wrong about this?
It's ATX mobo and ATX case.

If I am right, could anyone show me what these spacers or standoffs look like?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

Motherboards are usually mounted on standoffs made out of brass (or sometimes plastic) and screwed into pre-drilled holes.

Under no circumstances should the motherboard be screwed directly onto the mounting plate.

Edited by Andrew, 05 November 2012 - 02:59 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

Oh they can be made out of metal. OK, we found them now.
I wasn't even sure what those things were called. I was just 99% sure something had to separate contact between the mobo and the case.
Thanks a lot :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:00 PM

Glad to have helped. :thumbup2:




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