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How important are stand-offs exactly?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Foehammer2003, 3 May 2006.

  1. Foehammer2003


    Joined: 22 Apr 2006

    Posts: 981

    Location: Arms reach from mouse

    Ok, so im installing my mobo into its case, and BAM... its dawns on me that only three stand-offs are supplied with my case!!! :eek:

    So i install anyway, thinking that i can buy some more and add in later, as it works atm, but then lol, one cross threads and i cant get it out! What i need to know is, will this be a problem? :confused: ? and do i need to sort it out, as the mobo is quite heavy with the Thermaltake Orb II
  2. Simon D

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Feb 2003

    Posts: 1,103

    The stand-offs are very important use to support your mobo as you only have 3 you are putting more stress at these points which could crack with a heavy Thermaltake Orb II cooler.

    If your computer is in the vertical position, I would lay the computer flat than you could get away with it.

  3. glitch


    Joined: 8 Nov 2005

    Posts: 4,412

    £2 will get you a set of brass stand-offs delivered from that auction site.

    As already said, they're quite an essential part.
  4. Arcane


    Joined: 19 Aug 2005

    Posts: 3,902

    Location: Ealing, London

    Please don't try and bodge something up, you definitely need them, it'll end in disaster if you don't! (Not that I've ever done anything as daft as that....ahem....)
  5. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

    Posts: 29,863

    Location: In a house

    Yeah definately get some more standoffs on there, as said above the weight from the cooler etc... could cause damage, and also you could get it shorting out if the boards touching the case anywhere as it doesnt have enough standoffs to support it.
  6. Foehammer2003


    Joined: 22 Apr 2006

    Posts: 981

    Location: Arms reach from mouse

    yeah lol, common sense did kinda tell me that (but i tried to choose not to see it), but thanks dudes, will now sort that out NOW! Didnt think bout the board cracking though, will lay it on its side till i get the other stand-off's.

    Just gotta work out how to deal with the cross thread now so i can get my mobo out to put the standoffs in! Any ideas? I dont wanna drill the head off the screw if i can help it!

    Thanks for your help guys :)
    Last edited: 3 May 2006
  7. ashmanq


    Joined: 21 Mar 2006

    Posts: 298

    Location: Scotland

    You get a nice bunch of standoffs with my lian-li pc7 case :D
  8. Dr. Gonzo


    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 68

    Use a ratchet type screwdriver with minimal pressure just to get it started. :)
  9. Delvis


    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 29,008

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    I know its been answered but yeah, standoffs are a definet MUST!

    For shorting issues mainly, and even distribution of stress...if you physically CANT get a mount for a specific position, like an area with almost NO weight on, you can always get/bodge a rubber standoff for the underneath of the board, as some Intel server boards get you to do in the centre of the board for extra support :)

    Although id def recommend making sure you can get mounts (Of ALL the same size) under the correct mounting holes :p