Do you use all the motherboard standoffs in your build?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by dvsman, Jan 23, 2019.

Do you install all the motherboard standoffs in your builds?

  1. I just use the 4 in each of the corners

  2. I use the 4 corners and a few extra where I think it's needed

  3. I use every damn one for MAXIMUM motherboard rigidity!

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  1. dvsman

    dvsman 2[H]4U

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    I use a the 4 corners plus a few extra where needed method but curious what other people do?
     
  2. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    Yes, I use all of the standoffs. They not only provide structural support, but also proper PCB grounding to the chassis.
     
  3. DogsofJune

    DogsofJune 2[H]4U

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    Depends on how many screws I can find.
     
  4. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ardOCP Motherboard Editor

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    Yes I do. I am not some savage Geek Squad swap monkey who takes zero pride in their work.
     
  5. BoiseTech

    BoiseTech Limp Gawd

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    Life is too short to screw in every stand off in addition to screwing every support screw into said stand off.
     
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  6. Elf_Boy

    Elf_Boy 2[H]4U

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    I voted for the middle option - though really it depends on the tray and mobo. I sometimes use them all - sometimes the corners plus around the CPU/Dimms/PCIE slots. In short any place I think needs to be safe against pressure/weight.
     
  7. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ardOCP Motherboard Editor

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    That's as ridiculous as people saying a computer mouse is "too heavy."
     
  8. admiralperpetual

    admiralperpetual Limp Gawd

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    I stll feel weird not using paper washers between the screws and the motherboard
     
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  9. BoiseTech

    BoiseTech Limp Gawd

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    Clearly you haven't used the weighted Logitech mice with every single weight in them!
     
  10. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ardOCP Motherboard Editor

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    These were probably omitted because people didn't use them and because of cost reasons. I wouldn't worry about it though as the area where the screw holes in the motherboard are placed are built in such a way as to avoid needing to use those. That said, I used them back in the day. Each and every time.

    Yes I have. In fact, that's how I would set them up.
     
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  11. BoiseTech

    BoiseTech Limp Gawd

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    You must have pop-eye-esque fore arms.
     
  12. ZeqOBpf6

    ZeqOBpf6 Gawd

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    *reads post*
    *reads signature*
    lol
     
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  13. Gumby32

    Gumby32 n00b

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    I use all of them. On some mb they have holes in the corners and I use plastic stand-offs for that.
     
  14. KazeoHin

    KazeoHin [H]ardness Supreme

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    Uhm. As a system builder have an important PSA to all of you:

    Standoffs are extremely important. Do not skip them. For one-off testing or troubleshooting in an open test bench, sure. But in an all-day rig: standoffs provide electrical grounding through the case and important structural rigidity. Without them, components can warp the board and isolated static surges can wipe out important SMICs.
     
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  15. El Derpo

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    Yeah ... it’s especially important if you’re moving the PC around.
     
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  16. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

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    I use "almost" all of them. I've had some ATX cases that don't have a 10th standoff (4th along the I/O side of the board). So in that case, I only use the 9 I can screw in.
     
  17. Dan_D

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    No I don't. Honestly, if any computer mouse is "too heavy", I suggest hitting the gym. Anyway, that's not the point here.
     
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  18. Brian_B

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    I stopped reading right here and immediately wrote off the rest of the post.
     
  19. DogsofJune

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    Damn, with the aggression shown to use all the standoffs, Id like to change my answer.
     
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  20. SvenBent

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    Life is never to short for screwing
     
  21. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    It's been known since the dawn of time that screwing is the purpose of life.

    My PC building is an important part of my life, so I'm going to screw all the standoffs! :p
     
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  22. Susquehannock

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    Yup. I use every damn one of them. And I do make sure the rubber support pads are
    present under the RAM slots too.

    Only four corners? That is just plain lazy. We want MORE screwing not less.
     
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  23. Denpepe

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    Hmm I can't remember the last time I had a case that did not have all standoffs preinstalled, I do put screws in all the places I have access to.
     
  24. Crosshairs

    Crosshairs Administrator Staff Member

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    I use every single one plus I drill extra holes just to be safe
     
  25. cyclone3d

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    I use all of them unless there are some in the motherboard tray that are missing. I have been known to mark, drill, and tap missing holes in the motherboard tray.
     
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  26. Boil

    Boil [H]ard|Gawd

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    I voted for "All of them & muh structural rigidity", but I am an ITX guy, which is technically "Just the four corners"...

    Damn, I am the Alpha & the Omega...
     
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  27. dvsman

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    This thread took an unexpected turn ... but I like it! :-D
     
  28. Master_shake_

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    is that you Jayz2cents?
     
  29. NKD

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    ofcourse I use as many as I can to match the motherboard holes. lol. That is the only time I skip it if I run in to odd size board that doesn't match all teh standoffs. But normally yes. As many as I can use.
     
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  30. DaedalusHelios

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    I always fear doing damage in any way so I use full anti-ESD gear along with all standoffs. I also pull out when I screw and the wife is on birth control pills for extra redundancy. Better safe than sorry.
     
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  31. tedych

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    Life can become too short if you don't screw in every stand off.
     
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  32. Furious_Styles

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    I usually put 'em all in because I don't like bending the board when one of the connectors is a tight fit and you gotta apply more pressure than is typical.
     
  33. Ultima99

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    I get enough of that in my paycheck, I don't need more!

    I do every single one possible, never thought of doing the lazy way with 4 corners
     
  35. FRZ

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    Wow super surprised to see so many people using all the screws.

    I only use maybe 4 or 5 and its never been an issue for over 15 years :p
     
  36. dvsman

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    That's what I was thinking :-D

     
  37. Elf_Boy

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    I would think far more ppl at the [H] would have more screws lose, honestly who do you guys think you are fooling?

    Now seriously, raise your hands, who has had a screw rolling around in their case forever they could not find but could hear rolling around every time you moved the box?
     
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  38. The Mad Atheist

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    Used all if it lined up with the MB tray holes, plus used plastic stand feet for those areas that didn't and I thought the board needed extra support.
    Had a Gigabyte MOBO for my Q6600 that flexed like crazy, was worried it would snap a trace if it bend too much inserting something.
     
  39. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ardOCP Motherboard Editor

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    Not me. I watch what I'm doing and when I drop a screw, I find it and put it where it was supposed to go.
     
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  40. Furious_Styles

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    Good advice when assembling anything in general! And when disassembling put 'em all in a bag so you don't lose 'em!
     
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