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Installed motherboard without standoffs, will it explode?

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So I installed a new motherboard and cpu awhile back, 2 or 3 months ago. I didn't know you need standoffs and I just screwed the board right onto the case. Everything works fine, is this something I need to worry about?

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If the tray where the motherboard is mounted is metal, then you may introduce a short which can damage it if the metallic soldering on the back of the motherboard touches it. If it's plastic, though, you won't damage it and at worst, will just have things like PCIe slots and the I/O shield out of alignment by a little bit.

 

Then again, not all cases require standoffs and may have them built-in, too.

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Depends on the construction of the case. If it's metal, you run the risk of shorting and potentially killing the board. I would reinstall it with the standoffs if the case is metal. 

 

If it's none-conductive (or at least, not highly conductive like metal) such as plastic, there's not much to worry about. Things just won't line up quite right. 

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7 minutes ago, Kevin11 said:

So I installed a new motherboard and cpu awhile back, 2 or 3 months ago. I didn't know you need standoffs and I just screwed the board right onto the case. Everything works fine, is this something I need to worry about?

most likely the case had built in standoffs as the I/O Backplate wouldn't line up with the ports if the motherboard was laying too deep in the case and most newer motherboards will just refuse to post if a short is introduced a friend of mine installed his motherboard without standoffs and his pc wouldn't boot, I checked it and the ports weren't even aligned at the IO plate and the board was directly touching the back of the case so I redid everything for him with the standoffs in place and his pc booted just fine.


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you can always just take out the motherboard and check but yea I would avoid having to buy new hard ware so reinstall it with standoffs


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Lol I damaged my motherboard ram slot just because I was hanging my board halfway along the case and the case short the ram slot which damage both the ram and the slot. Hence it would be a good idea to install the stand off. But thankfully only the ram slot is damage and not the whole board 

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Lol funny post xD

Unscrew it, verify that thre is standoffs on it, if not, instlal the standsoff, reinstall the board.

Not too hard of a job for a quality PC and IMO MUST BE DONE

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