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Motherboard screw holes?

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I have a couple of questions about the screw holes on my motherboard.The screws that came with my case completely cover the dotted ring of solder hole of my motherboard is this fine? And also how tight are they suppose to be? There was a couple of screws when i was tightening were i could hear the ring of solder crunching against the screw is this normal?

Thank you:)
post #2 of 8
It should be fine and only make them 'hand tight'/snug no reason to torque them down really hard.
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what motherboard if you don't mind me asking?
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post #5 of 8
oh i misread your question, you are taking about the screws going over the metal little pads surrounding the screw holes on the board. My bad, those pads are meant to touch the metal of the screw, however if you want you can isolate the board and use paper washers.

I had a board and its screw holes didn't fit standard ATX, but it wasn't you board.
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post #6 of 8
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Thanks for taking the time to reply Sin0822 and qbical your help was appreciated!
post #7 of 8
You do NOT want to use the insulating washers on the top screw-side of the motherboard if the board has the metal pads around the screw hole. The insulating washers are only used if your board has smooth epoxy around the screw hole, where the screw itself might damage the epoxy or any traces that run too close to the hole.

As mentioned above, the metal pads are specifically meant to engage the screw to provide better grounding and noise suppression for your PC. The board doesn't need to be torqued down, just two-finger turn pressure on a screwdriver should do it.

Greg
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Thanks Greg.
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