Abit IP35 Dark Raider Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman - July 11, 2007
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Installing the motherboard into the chassis of your choice is a pretty simple endeavor. Regardless of whether this motherboard is a replacement or new purchase, the process is the same. The first step, if this is a replacement, is to remove the old hardware and do some housekeeping. Now if you are going into a new chassis, then it's a quick and easy proposition.
Preperation for the install includes installing the motherboard standoff and the I/O plate included with the motherboard.
I tend to use large heatsinks on my systems, so the next order of business for me is to install the CPU and heatsink while the board is out of the system.
After setting up the CPU and heatsink, I move on to installing the board into the chassis using the hold down screws. Install your system memory, video card and any other peripherals. For this review I am only using a video card.
One thing that I had to redo was to remove the motherboard to plug in the 8-pin 12 volt power connector. It's a little difficult to get in with a large heatsink. After that fiasco, all that is left is to connect and manage all of the wiring. Connect all of your drives, then you are ready for action.