How to Install a Motherboard

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Here’s a quick guide and video tutorial from EbuyerTV on how to install a motherboard.

What you need:

  • Motherboard
  • CPU
  • Ram
  • Cooling Fan
  • Thermal Paste
  • Antistatic mat or bag
  • Phillips-Head Non Magnetic Screwdriver

Instructions:

1-      Install the CPU into the motherboard. Before you proceed check that there are no bent pins on the motherboard where the CPU is housed. Once you are happy it’s in good condition place the CPU in the Motherboard the right way round. It will only go in one way. Once in place lock the CPU there by gently covering with the guard.

2-      Connect up the cooling fan. Apply a little thermal paste on top of the CPU housing, about the size of a pea. Place the fan on top of the CPU facing away from the CPU, securing it to the motherboard with the thermal glue. Then connect the fan wire to the corresponding connector on the motherboard.

3-      Fit the ram- Ram is super easy to connect. Simply line up the RAM block with the holder (DIM Slot) aligning to any guides or notches. Press down firmly and the clips should lock it into place. Repeat if you have more than one bank of RAM.

4-      Fix the motherboard into the computer case. Before starting you may need to apply some stand-off mounts to the pre-drilled holes so the motherboard is supported. Position the motherboard over the supports so the holes line up, then use the screws to secure the motherboard into place.

5-      Link up your cables- The look of these cables can vary between various models but the principles are still the same. First connect the CPU Power Cable to the motherboard power connector, these are usually 4 or 8 pin. Next connect the motherboard power cable it corresponding connector. Do the same for the USB Cable. After this connect the cables for Sound (speakers), Power Switches and LED Lights all to the motherboard

6-      Stand the computer up and check to see that everything stays attached. If so you’re good to go!

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3 Comments

  1. Neal pemberton

    Just a pretty simple question..when applying the thermal paste, do you need to spread it out evenly or just use the cooling fan to spread it out when fixing into place?

  2. Danny Young

    Hey Neal.. Leave it in the pea ‘blob’ then gently press the cooling fan into the paste. No need to spread.

  3. Adam

    nice guide; but I feel some bits was a step to far or missing.

    First point, for the first time builders out there which this is aimed at, most would not bother with a custom cooler, so they would use Tue stock one that comes with retail cpus .. these have thermal paste preapplied at the bottom of the cooler.

    Second minor one, no mention of the I/O sheild to cover the ports at the back of the case, this goes in before you mount the board.

    As for how you apply the thermal paste, there is loads of methods out there. This is covered in the manual of the coolers through.

    If its your first time, read the instructions first!

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