Originally Posted by Show4Pro
Nice! Very cool build!
I do not have my motherboard grounded to Earth as it is typically done in a regular case. I plan on doing that when I upgrade the mobo sometimes in the near future. However I don't think grounding is your issue.
Also, static cannot slowly build up on the acrylic board with a motherboard on top of it. It would flow into the ground layer on the motherboard which is connected to the acrylic via the brass standoffs, or into your LED strip. To answer your question earlier, I currently don't any of the components on my wall mount rig grounded.
It is possible that you killed your mobo with static discharge from your finger to the board. With all the components exposed, you have to always make sure to ground yourself before touching anything on the board.
How did you come to conclusion that your motherboard is dead? Would it not post? Did you try it with the GPU plugged directly into the slot?
Just an observation. With your PCIe riser cable laying so close on top of the motherboard, it could be picking up and throwing back lots of interference. When I had the unshielded riser cables, simply touching the cable would cause my system to freeze. And that's with 2 layers of aluminum foil wrapped around it!
my 3rd board failing for the 1st time:
Finally emerging victorious!:
Edit:I suppose it's possible that me touching the board could've been what killed it, but seeing as how it happened with 3 different boards, i feel that's unlikely. Also ever since i've grounded everything i've played with the heatsinks and other components in order to adjust temps while the computer was on and no shorting occurred.
oh and Thanks for the compliment!Edited by DatBrotato - 1/14/14 at 10:43pm