In this article I intend to show you how to install a motherboard. No matter if its for replacement or upgrade the steps are the same. If its for an upgrade you just have to make sure to get a board that matches your case style. In this article we will assume you have purchased a board that will fit your case. For the sake of keeping it simple we will also assume you have purchased a CPU along with the board.
Installing The Motherboard
- Step 1 – Power off your computer and disconnect the power cord, video cable, etc. Make sure to shutdown the computer properly. If this is not an upgrade but a replacement your computer will not be on.
- Step 2 – Remove the side panel and lay the computer down flat on smooth surface. Make sure you put on a grounding strap so you do not damage any components on the board. Static electricity is an enemy of motherboards.
- Step 3 – Remove all the add on boards like video card, sound, etc. Lay them down on a towel so as not to damage them.
- Step 4 – Disconnect the power supply from the motherboard. You can leave the power connectors plugged into the drives. Just disconnect all connectors from the power supply going to the motherboard. If you need to draw a diagram or label them do so.
- Step 5 – Remove all the cables from the motherboard that go to your drives. There should also be an switch cable which connects from the board to the switches on the front of the computer.
- Step 6 – Carefully pull the memory sticks from the board. You can do this now or do it after you remove the board from the case.
- Step 7 – Examine the motherboard and how it is seated in the case. Most boards have one or two screws that hold the board from sliding around. The board has post like feet that slide in the case housing. Some boards do not have these posts but attach directly to the case and the case will have plastic posts that the screws go into. In either case unscrew whatever screws holds it in place and carefully remove the board.
- Step 8 – Prepare your new board by installing the memory and CPU. Some boards will have the CPU already attached in other cases you have to put it together. Just be careful so you do not damage the board or the CPU.
- Step 9 – Attach any posts and install the board into the case. Examine the board make sure it is seated properly than screw it down. Do not screw the screws too tight you will damage the board.