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Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?

I have a new motherboard which needs a BIOS update to support a new CPU. Thankfully I have an old (compatible) CPU handy. My plan is to install the old CPU, update the BIOS, then install the new ...
0
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1answer
26 views

two usb on motherboard, one on front

I bought a motherboard with two separate usb pinhead things (as in you need 2 cables to get two usb ports). The case I have (Cosair Obsidian 250d) has one big usb thing twice as thick to get two usb ...
0
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1answer
165 views

Front Panel Connector problems

I just built a new computer with an ASRock z87 in an NZXT case. The motherboard has a 9pin front panel connector, but my case only has 8 pins, the 2LEDs for HD, 2 for Power, and the switch for the ...
1
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1answer
115 views

Case integrated stand offs? Safe to use without risers?

Is it safe to use the integrated stand-offs here? The case did not come with enough brass screw-in stand offs for my motherboard. I don't want to short circuit everything before I even turn it on. ...
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1answer
75 views

Will the Intel DZ87KLT-75K motherboard fit into the Corsair CC-9011017-WW Case?

Will the Intel DZ87KLT-75K Motherboard fit into the Corsair CC-9011017-WW Case? To me it seems by reading the documentation that the motherboard is too big, but I'm not sure as I have no experience ...
0
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2answers
80 views

installing a motherboard tips? [closed]

I have a couple questions regarding installation of a new motherboared. (FM2-A85XA-G65 to be exact) the case has a small metal stand-like thing in it, and though it needs a couple for screws one is ...
7
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2answers
456 views

New build not powering up at all after connecting psu cables to hard drive

I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem. The system simply refuses to show any signs of life. Problem: When I press the ...
-1
votes
3answers
938 views

Smallest Micro ATX Case Possible? [closed]

What is the smallest possible off the shelf Micro ATX case? The ability to install a 3.5 inch HD is important but I do not intend to install an optical drive and don't need the slot. A fairly thorough ...
0
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1answer
317 views

Will a pedestal motherboard fit into a(ny) regular case?

I am looking to build a dual CPU workstation with a "long" graphics adapter and eight or more 3.5 inch drives. The problem is finding a chassis. Last time, I had to build a case out of wood to fit a ...
0
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1answer
556 views

Is the case big enough? [closed]

Another first build question. Will this case CoolerMaster RC-942-KKN1 fit this motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
1
vote
1answer
382 views

Will an e-ATX motherboard fit in a large ATX form factor case?

Is it possible (without drilling any holes or anything) to fit an e-ATX motherboard into a large computer case whose form factors are only ATX and micro-ATX? The case itself should have enough space ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

How to determine motherboard/case form factor

I have an old (no more than 5 or 6 years) Compaq that I'm planning to re-purpose. The motherboard and CPU need to be replaced but I'm going to be able to re-use the hard drive and optical drives. ...
0
votes
2answers
16k views

How to plug power/reset buttons from case to motherboard leads?

I have a motherboard I salvaged from a pre-assembled computer. Except now I'm trying to use it in my own custom build. The problem is, this motherboard doesn't have any documentation because it was ...
4
votes
2answers
15k views

Should I connect my case fan to a pwr_fan or chassis_fan header?

My ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard has the following fans: 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin) 2 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin) The fan cable connector has three pins (and it ...
13
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6answers
10k views

Fitting a Motherboard into a Computer Case

I'm interested in building my own computer. I saw a motherboard and CPU that I want to buy from Tiger Direct. My question is has to do with computer cases and motherboards. Are all motherboards ...
1
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3answers
184 views

How do i put a motherboard into the case?

I never built my own desktop but i have played with parts (harddrive, ram, optical drive, wifi chip). I heard that if i don't put the motherboard into the case correctly it will fry. Than i heard ...
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votes
2answers
309 views

What can I buy at radio shack to serve as a power switch for my desktop computer? [closed]

I have a desktop computer without a case. The parts are strewn across my desk. My motherboard is a gigabyte MA78LMT-S2. There isn't a power button on this motherboard like I've seen on most ...
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votes
1answer
1k views

Which graphics cards will fit on my motherboard / case? [closed]

I'm looking to upgrade to a more powerful graphics card. However I'm not sure what my case and motherboard can fit! Could I please be advised with how to identify which cards will fit and work?
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2answers
462 views

Can I use a wine cooler as a PC case? [closed]

I've always wanted a custom PC case that housed my routers, external NAS, motherboard and hard drives that kept everything at a steady temperature since my room does not get the best cooling (very hot ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Front Panel Connector Won't Turn On Computer

I just built a computer, and there is only 1 problem with it. I can't turn it on by using the power button. I have to touch a screwdriver to the ON/OFF pins on the motherboard for it to turn on and ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

Installing a new Motherboard in a HP xw6200 case

I have a HP xw6200 Workstation, that is rather long in the tooth, and with 2 physical CPUs, it is quite inefficient. So, the plan was to upgrade the internals. Nothing special: AMD Athlon II X4 ...
3
votes
2answers
290 views

Front I/O ports on the front of a case

I have seen so many cases with front usb ports etc, but obviously they couldn't fit every motherboard, so I was wondering how they connect, do they come with a plug that connects to a sata port or pci ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

What is the form factor of a Dell GXa?

I have an old school Dell GXa sitting around. All the hardware is obviously obsolete but the case is in good shape. I would consider purchasing a newer motherboard (P4 or better) for it and giving ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Power/HDD/LED wire for motherboard - are they standard these days?

I'm not sure what it's called - the set of wires that connect the power button, LED, HDD activity indicator lights - to the motherboard. My question is, are they standard these days? Meaning, if I ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Fans not turning off when custom built computer sleeps

I just finished building my custom PC, and I have two 80mm fans that have molex connectors, but not the three pin cables that connect to the motherboard (mine is a MSI H55M-E33). So, I just connect ...
0
votes
1answer
296 views

Alternate motherboard in Dell case

Is it possible to use an ASUS P6T motherboard in a Dell Dimension 9100 case?
0
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3answers
293 views

I/O ports vs case holes

I'm in the midst of building a new desktop (first time building my own). I bought MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX motherboard, and HEC 6C28BS Black / Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower ...
0
votes
2answers
845 views

Motherboard wiring

I am putting a new motherboard in a chenbro chasis and I dont get how to plugin the wires for powerSW resetSW, etc. It is a SuperMicro P4DP6 motherboard. I cant post an image yet, but here is a long ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Do most front and rear USB connections deliver the same power and performance?

I was reading this Three Monitors For Every User and there were some comments about rear USB ports being able to deliver more power than front USB ports because they are directly connected to the ...
2
votes
2answers
640 views

Motherboard Wiring

HI All, I bought a new case to put a motherboard in. Everything fits, I have done this before, but not in a long time! The case has wires for - Power SW - Reset SW - Power LED - HDD LED On the ...
0
votes
1answer
214 views

Will Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX2 fit inside Thermaltake Armor+ Case

I have this motherboard Intel® Desktop Board D975XBX2 CPU Quad Core I want to Buy Thermaltake Armor+ case With powerSupply Aerocool E85-700 Will those three work because i have put components from ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Building computer: Casing for peripheral sockets is a pain?

I have a casing the covers the spacing between the peripheral socket which is standard to have when you buy a motherboard. My problem with these covers is that they have spokes that pushes the ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

New mainboard for Shuttle

I have an old Shuttle barebones SN21G5 (AMD 64), and I really need a more modern chip in there. Is there a way of swapping out the old mainboard and putting in one of those new fangled phenom ...