Will my motherboard short if it is touching the metal case?

Question

When installing a motherboard in the case, is it necessary to use nonconductive spacers between the board and the case? If so, why doesn't the board or the case enclose these in the package? If you don't use these, will the board short out and fry from the back side touching the metal case?

Thank you.

Answer

This question was answered on June 23, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The motherboard will short if you mount it flat agents the metal backing of the case Depending on what kind of motherboard and case you have, it will be mounted differently, however you will have some kind of spacer (plastic) to hold the motherboard off the back of the case You should get the bolts and spacers with a new case, if you did not get them with it, you can buy them separately.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on June 23, 1999