XFX 680i LT SLI Motherboardccokeman -
Installing a motherboard into the chassis of your choice is a pretty straightforward process. Many in the enthusiast sector can and probably have done it in their sleep. The foundation for a positive system install starts with the correct installation of the motherboard and all of the peripherals. I will be installing this board into my trusty workhorse of a case, my Cooler Master Stacker.
Since I prefer to use large cooling solutions for my processor that include backing plates, I always start with installing the heatsink while the motherboard is outside the chassis. I ran into a few issues here, but they were easy to overcome. If you use a smaller cooling solution this may not even be an issue on your build. With the space around the socket at a premium, the fit of the heatsink was impossible with the preferred method of mounting my heatsink, due to the location of the Northbridge cooler. The heatsink fit was very tight, but not impossible, when mounted in a north/south configuration.
Next up on the list is to mount the standoffs and supplied I/O plate specific to your chassis and motherboard.You will want to use the standoffs that come with your chassis of choice to prevent any damage to the motherboard.
Now we can mount the motherboard into place. The motherboard is secured to the the standoffs by screws (10 with this board). Carefully tighten the screws to secure the motherboard and we are almost done. Install your peripherals such as video cards, sound cards and system memory. Make the wiring connections to the board and we are back in business and ready to load the operating system.