Originally Posted by Infinite Jest
Also, does it look like I mounted the 212+ fan on the correct side of the heat sink?
Nope. It should be on the other side blowing thru the heatsink and out the back of the case for best temps.
Ideally what you should do with a new system is place the motherboard on a wooden or plastic table (not the anti-static bag it comes in as that is only anti-static on the inside), install all of the components, plug the psu in, then fire it up to verify that it works. If it does, mount it in the case.
There is a very good reason for this. If you mount it in the case first and it doesn't fire up it makes figuring out what the problem is much more difficult. It also takes the case itself and the font I/O panel cables and power/reset switches and hd/power led's out of the equation as sometimes they are bad. If it works out of the case then doesn't in the case you know you either have a short between the mobo and the case or a bad connection to the front. Anyone who knows what they are doing will do it this way. Some people will tell you it isn't necessary, but they are incorrect and don't know what they are talking about. One should do things right the first time instead of doing them over to fix the problems they created by doing it wrong the first time.Edited by PapaSmurf - 6/13/11 at 9:32pm