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Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Review

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Putting the GA-P31-DS2L into the chassis is really no different than any other motherboard. Start by installing the motherboard standoffs into the chassis in the correct locations. Install the I/O shield and secure the board down with the screws provided with the chassis. If you use a bolt in heatsink, such as the Tuniq Tower or ZEROtherm Nirvana, you will of course need to install the CPU and heatsink before the motherboard is installed.








Prepping the P31-DS3L for installation meant installing the CPU and heatsink before the motherboard is installed into the system. Lift up the CPU retaining mechanism, insert the CPU into the socket making sure it is indexed properly to prevent any damage to either the board or CPU. Apply the thermal paste of your choosing and mount the heatsink. Even with the crowded real estate around the socket, the Tuniq Tower fit nicely without any real drama.



Install the board onto the standoffs and secure it down with the mounting screws. Once secured, you can start with the rest of the hardware that is installed on to the board, such as the system memory and video card.



Finally, connect the wiring to the board and verify that everything is installed correctly and secured into position so that the all night fragging can begin.


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