This not only involves screwing the board into place but also correctly connecting all the case controls like the power switch, HDD LED, front USB ports etc.. Your motherboard will also have been supplied with a back plate.
This is the part of the build where your PC starts to look like a PC and not just a pile of components. Always handle the motherboard by holding the edges, not the contacts.
Step 1 – Take the back plate, which is punched with holes that match the external inputs on the motherboard back panel and press it into the rectangular hole in the back of the case. The coloured or labelled side faces out, with the padded or tabbed side facing in. The padding or tabs will help to ensure a secure fit against the back panel.
Step 2 – You obviously have to ensure that the plate is inserted the right way up, usually with the mouse and keyboard connections nearest the top of the case, and the on-board audio ports towards the bottom. Check on your specific motherboard just in case this is different. The back plate will have small protrusions or clips around the edge to help it attach to the rim of the hole.
Step 3 – Lay the case down flat if it isn’t already and lift the motherboard carefully in. Whenever you are going to touch the motherboard, especially the exposed connections on the back, make sure you are wearing an anti-static wristband and clip or that you discharge any built up static electricity in your body by touching a large metal object, like a desk.
Step 4 – During the preparation of the case, you should have positioned the metal risers in the correct holes based on the form factor of your case and motherboard. Check to see if the holes on the motherboard now line up with your risers and reposition if needed. Identify the motherboard fixing screws that are supplied.
Step 5 – Carefully line up the back panel ports with the back plate holes, press the motherboard against the plate and screw one of the motherboard fixing screws into one of the holes to hold it in place. You can now insert screws into all of the other holes on the motherboard and tighten them carefully. You don’t need to apply too much pressure when tightening the screws.
Step 6 – Look at the back of the case to check that the back panel ports are all correctly lined up with the back plate holes. With the motherboard now secured inside the case, you can begin to work out which of the case wiring goes where. On the next couple of pages, we will look at exactly how to connect case controls to the motherboard.
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