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    What can i mount my motherboard (or other PCB) on?!?!

    What can i mount my mobo directly onto that will not need standoffs? I know styrafoam is out of the question because of static charge - but space is an issue, and i could use that 1/4".....seriously.


    Any ideas? A thin layer of plastic safe? I got some ESD mat (electro static dissapation i think), but that is 1/4" thick.....which sorta defeats the purpose....


    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusatry
    What can i mount my mobo directly onto that will not need standoffs? I know styrafoam is out of the question because of static charge - but space is an issue, and i could use that 1/4".....seriously.


    Any ideas? A thin layer of plastic safe? I got some ESD mat (electro static dissapation i think), but that is 1/4" thick.....which sorta defeats the purpose....


    Thanks.
    You could use nylon washers and just get the board a little tiny bit off the circuits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jusatry
    What can i mount my mobo directly onto that will not need standoffs? I know styrafoam is out of the question because of static charge - but space is an issue, and i could use that 1/4".....seriously.


    Any ideas? A thin layer of plastic safe? I got some ESD mat (electro static dissapation i think), but that is 1/4" thick.....which sorta defeats the purpose....
    Why don't you want to use standoffs?
    Personally, I'd suggest a piece of MDF with standoffs mounted in it.
    You don't want the motherboard to lay flat on anything, hence the use of standoffs. Also, the standoffs will be give you something to connect to ground, if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Why don't you want to use standoffs?
    Personally, I'd suggest a piece of MDF with standoffs mounted in it.
    You don't want the motherboard to lay flat on anything, hence the use of standoffs. Also, the standoffs will be give you something to connect to ground, if needed.

    I dont want to use standoffs because i am trying to make this as low profile as possible. So if i use standoffs i also need that piece of MDF. thats more space than i would like to give up, if possible. Partially this is for another project, which is not carputer related but also requires a PCB be mounted in a very small place.

    Any ideas other than standoffs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J187
    You could use nylon washers and just get the board a little tiny bit off the circuits.
    what do you mean? with the standoffs or with some other kind of screw?

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    No I mean instead of standoffs. Nylon washers could space the board up a little bit but not as much as standoffs classically do. Nylon washers come in all thicknesses, just choose whatever size and thickness lifts the board up enough.
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    erm... i could be wring on this but dont PCB's especialy motherboards need some clearance because they need the nice cool air under them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phobos0001
    erm... i could be wring on this but dont PCB's especialy motherboards need some clearance because they need the nice cool air under them?

    hrmmm....i hadnt thought about that explicitly but i assumed that heat sinks and my HSF would do a good job cooling....and that heat rises so i would be okay.

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    Depends on the type of proc. Just get some ESD (Electro-static-discharge) safe bags from a local tech supply store. They'll be really thin and will protect from what ever surface you mount them to.
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    I plan to mount it all on a small piece of plexi bought at home depot. It's about as thin and light as you can make it, and it'll look nice if you keep it neat.

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