Abit IP35-E Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman -
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The installation of the motherboard into the chassis of your choice is a pretty straightforward process. Remove your case side panels to access the internal components, including the motherboard. If this motherboard is an upgrade from a previous motherboard, then the logical first step would be to remove the older components and motherboard. If starting with a new chassis, then you of course will start fresh without the removal of your old hardware.
The first thing to do once you have the chassis ready is to install the motherboard standoffs and I/O plate specific to the motherboard.
The first thing I usually do to prep for the motherboard install is to install the CPU, then mount the heatsink to the board. For this review, I will be using a stock Intel heatsink. I varied from my usual routine by installing the heatsink after the motherboard was secured into the chassis, just because of the stock mounting mechanism that was used.
Attach the motherboard to the standoffs and use screws to hold the motherboard in place. Start mounting your peripherals, including your video card, system memory, and any additional cards you are using. For this review, we are using just the video card.
Wire up the board, take care of your housekeeping and wire management, and we are ready to put this board through its paces.