||12-03-2008 03:07 PM
tip to new computer builders: buy motherboard before case
When I built a new computer this summer, I did at least one thing that was, at least in principle, wrong: buying the case before the motherboard.
It turned out okay, because the board fits the case well enough, if not perfectly, but what if I wanted a board that didn't fit? I might have had to get a different board, but considering my inexperience, I would more likely have bought a board before I knew how well it fit the case. With those case sizes--ATX, micro-ATX, etc., it may be hard to get a board that doesn't fit at all, but the various shapes of same-profiled boards still cause some uncertainty.
And the principle seems appropriate: since the motherboard is more important than the case, the case fitting the board is more important than vice versa.
I was trying to build from the outside in instead of from the inside out.