August 20th, 2009, 10:05 PM
Building a new case for my computer
I'm building a new case for my computer out of aluminum. I know I need to avoid having the motherboard touch any part of the aluminum to avoid problems and frying it.
Anyone have any other pieces of input or other pieces of hardware I need to be careful with when making my case and setting them in it?
August 21st, 2009, 12:05 AM
Hmm what are cases normally made out of? Mine is aluminum or tin or something like that.
Just keep yourself grounded and you should be fine.
August 21st, 2009, 08:44 AM
Those little screws that go under the motherboard are designed to keep it spaced far enough away from the case so it doesn't short out.
Hard drive controller boards can also short out, but that's very unlikely.
Heat is probably your main concern at this point.
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August 21st, 2009, 04:57 PM
Thanks misterdanny and ManiacDan. I'm working on putting the motherboard in safely and I've got a pretty good layout to keep it well ventilated and cool so I'm hoping the heating won't be an issue.
August 21st, 2009, 05:51 PM
Unless you are over clocking, using too small of a power supply, or have faulty hardware, heat is generally not an issue ever. When you see people with their helecopter blades attached to the side of their case to keep it cool, they are really just overcompensating for whatever heat there is.
August 21st, 2009, 07:46 PM
Although the motherboard can't be all shorted out, I think it's good practice to ground it properly. When I built my case, I mounted the motherboard using 6-32 PEM studs, and 6-32 x 1/2" standoffs to space it away from the case.
You need special tooling to properly place PEM studs, but you could just as easily use a counter-sunk screw.
I've also always kinda wondered about using an aluminum block coupled to an aluminum case as a heatsink...if you did it right you could probably get away without a fan...