Abit IX38 Quad GT Reviewccokeman -
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Installation of a new motherboard into an existing chassis is really not all that difficult to accomplish. The first thing to do, of course, is to power down the existing system and disconnect all of the peripherals. Next open up the chassis and remove all of the components attached to the motherboard, If you are reusing them of course. Once the old system is history, take the time to do a little housekeeping and you are ready to begin.
The first thing to do is to prepare the chassis to accept the Abit IX38. Install the motherboard standoffs and I/O plate into the chassis. Getting the right number of standoffs installed is crucial. Next, begin the preperation of the motherboard by installing the processor. Open the socket by lifting the release lever so that the retention plate is open completely, insert the CPU into the socket and correctly index it, and then close the retention plate and lever to lock the processor into place.
Mount the IX38 into the chassis and secure it to the standoffs. Apply the thermal interface material of your choice and mount the cooling solution. In this case's build, it is a water cooling solution.
Follow up by installing the graphics card. Installing all of the power, drive and front panel wiring and system memory and the "Speedster" experience can begin.