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Setting Up Your Case
Next you will want to inspect the motherboard tray and determine if you need to install any motherboard standoffs. Some cases come with bumps while others are drilled and tapped like the one we have. Cases with raised bumps will usually not require additional standoffs except where they may not match up with the motherboard. Our case is designed for workstation and server usage so you will find a number of holes drilled so to handle all of the different form factors.
Motherboard standoffs are typically made from brass and serve as a connection between the motherboard and the case in specific locations. I have circled the standoffs that have already been installed and included a close up of what a standoff looks like after it has been installed. The arrows indicate locations where we need to install additional standoffs to support our motherboard.
Pay careful attention to standoffs that don't line up with any mounting holes on the motherboard, these can make contact with the board and cause nasty shorts that are difficult to track down, or even worse cause your system to go up in smoke.