where to get mobo stand offs?

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  1. vladtepes

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    OK so... my computers parts are starting to arrive though my case is a little while away.
    When the mobo arrives I'd like to make a start on building the system, and was going to do so just on a piece of ply as a temporary set up, and can then transfer it into the case later.

    The question is - where can I get standoffs to suit this purpose, and for an mATX mobo how many would I need?

    Ta
     
  2. asho444

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    I wouldn't bother, the ply is non conductive. Just run it flat on that, have done it a heap of times on cardboard.

    If anything attempting to get the standoffs right would invite shorting issues
     
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    and getting some 2mm drill bit and gluing them in etc would be a pain (wood wont take threads that small, and will just tear out at the first hint of sideways pressure). most computer shops will have them as well as ebay.

    look up your mobo online and count the holes
     
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    OK ply idea abandoned :)

    Awesome. No issues with cardboard? Any traps to be aware of?

    I have some of that lying about...
     
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    Concrete wall plugs. The perfect standoff, can be cut to any height, not conductive. Screw straight through them into a piece of ply.
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    I've run machines with the board sitting on its antistatic bag on top of the mainboard box before, you don't really need fancy.

    Probably wasting your time though unless you need to run it. Any cards or cables installed will need to come off again to fit the board to the case. Mount your RAM and CPU and call it done I reckon.
     
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    I have actually seen the anti static bags spread the charge and kill a board
     
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    This is a very bad thing to do, those bags have metal on the exterior, which is what draws away and protects the item from being zapped.

    Anti Static bags 101

     
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    Don't use ordinary ply, it's not dense enough to take the threads very well. Higher density marine might do better.

    MDF on the other hand, I've been using it for $5 tech decks for 15 years. Pre-drill the holes, countersink them a bit and carefully drive the standoffs home. Coarse thread standoffs are better than fine, but once you unscrew the newly installed SO, soak the hole in superglue and drive the SO back home, they're not going anywhere.

    Love yer work mate :thumbup:
     
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