DFI Lanparty UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R Motherboardccokeman -
Installing the motherboard in the chassis of your choice is not too difficult of a process. I will start with the bare chassis, or in this case one already set up and just needing a motherboard change. Because I usually use a large after-market CPU cooling solution that includes a backing plate, the first thing I do is mount the CPU into the socket and then mount the heatsink onto the motherboard. I then will move to the chassis and install the correct amount of stand-offs (10 for this board). Then I install the I/O shield for the motherboard making sure it is seated correctly.
For this motherboard, I had the ability to mount the Northbridge heatsink and use my choice of thermal paste without having to first remove it from the board. The included Northbridge heatsink is huge compared to some of the heatsinks in use today. It attaches to the motherboard with the standard Intel clip-on method. If you are using a large after-market air cooling solution for your CPU, you may run into some interference between the Northbridge heatsink and the CPU heatsink. I was able to rotate the Tuniq tower to push air North and South, but the preferred method was blowing out the back of the case. As you can see, space was at a premium, but it all worked out in the end.
Now that we have been able to install both of the heatsinks, we are able to get to the business of mounting the board in the chassis and installing our peripherals. The board sits on the stand-offs and is attached using screws to secure the board to the chassis. I inserted the graphics cards into the appropriate slots on the motherboard and secured them with a screw. You should follow the same procedure for any other devices you will be using.
The last thing I normally install onto the board is the system memory. Index the modules into the DRAM slot and carefully push the modules in until the retaining brackets swing in and lock the memory into place. Last on the list, is installing the cabling to your drives and power supply. Once completed, you are ready to tweak to your heart's content.