Quote: Originally Posted by adt
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Before the case comes are there any precautions I should take while doing this?
I have never removed a motherboard out of a case before. I've also got myself an antistatic wrist band if that's any help.
Remove all external power and cables connected to the board. When you take out the mounting screws go slow and be careful not to drop the screwdriver or anything on the board. You can leave the CPU and cooler and your RAM in the board but remove and expansion cards first. Note the graphics card will have a latch you have to release before pulling it out.
Male sure you have the board stand offs in the proper position in the new case, check there are no extras, they will short the board. A mATX usually has six screws, maybe seven.
Don't lay the board on an anti static bag, the outside is conductive, use a plain piece of cardboard. With the board out it would be a great time to take the CPU fan off and clean the dust from the cooler fins.
I would make some fans intake to make positive pressure in the case to help keep dust out. One more intake than exhaust will do it. Dismount the fan and mount from the other side, fans blow out from the side that is not open. Some are marked with an arrow showing airflow direction and rotaion.
I saw your posts on Overclockers UK too.