Desktop Boards
Desktop Boards
Integration guide: Assembly

Before you begin...


Caution
  • Disconnect the desktop board's power supply from its AC power source before you connect or disconnect cables, or install or remove any board components. Failure to do this can result in personal injury or equipment damage. Some circuitry on the desktop board can continue to operate even though the front panel power switch is off.

  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage desktop board components. Install the board at an ESD-controlled workstation. If such a workstation is not available, wear an antistatic wrist strap or touch the surface of the antistatic package before handling the board.


Introduction
The following is a step-by-step integration guide that provides basic information needed to correctly build a PC based on an Intel® Desktop Board.

The basic integration sequence is as follows:

  1. Install the I/O shield
  2. Install the desktop board
  3. Install the processor
  4. Install the processor fan heatsink or thermal module
  5. Install memory modules
  6. Install chassis fans
  7. Attach front panel connectors
  8. Install back panel I/O (optional)
  9. Install front panel I/O (optional)
  10. Install floppy drive
  11. Install serial ATA devices (drives)
  12. Install IDE devices (drives / DVD / CDROM)
  13. Connect CD-ROM audio
  14. Install add-in PCI Express* graphics (optional)
  15. Connect devices to back panel connectors
  16. Connect power cables
  17. Finishing up

Install the I/O shield
The board comes with an I/O shield that is used to block radio frequency transmissions, necessary to pass emissions (EMI) certification testing, protect internal components from dust and foreign objects, and promote correct airflow within the chassis.

Install the I/O shield before installing the board in the chassis. Place the shield inside the chassis as shown in the figure below. Press the shield into place so that it fits tightly and securely.

Install the desktop board
Refer to your chassis manual for specific instructions on installing and removing the desktop board. Secure the board to the chassis using the screws provided with the chassis. If you have a BTX-based board and chassis, be sure to first install the SRM that comes with the BTX chassis, if not already pre-installed. Refer to the quick reference guide that came with the board for the location of the screw mounting holes.

The recommended torque range for standard low carbon steel # 6-32 screws is 6 - 10 in-lbs.

Install the processor
Select your board from this list to view supported processors for your desktop board.

Chipset Desktop Board
H87, Q87, Z87 DH87MC, DH87RL, DQ87PG, DZ87KLT-75K
B85 DB85FL
X79 DX79SI, DX79SR, DX79TO
H77, Q77, Z77 DH77DF, DH77EB, DH77KC, DQ77MK, DQ77KB, DQ77CPDZ77BH-55K, DZ77GA-70K, DZ77RE-75K, DZ77SL-50K
B75, Z75 DB75EN, DZ75ML-45K
Z68 DZ68ZV, DZ68DB, DZ68BC
Q67, P67, H67 DQ67SW, DQ67OW, DQ67EP, DP67DE, DP67BG, DP67BA, DH67VR, DH67GD, DH67CL, DH67CF, DH67BL
B65 DB65AL
H61 DH61AG, DH61AGL, DH61BE, DH61BFDH61CR, DH61DL, DH61HODH61KVCH, DH61SA, DH61SKCH, DH61WW, DH61ZE,
X58 DX58SO2, DX58SO, DX58OG
H57, Q57 DH57JG, DH57DD, DQ57TM, DQ57TML
H55, P55 DH55HC, DH55PJ, DH55TC, DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB
X48 DX48BT2
Q45, P45, G45 DQ45CB, DQ45EK, DP45SG, DG45ID, DG45FC
P43, G43, Q43, B43 DP43TF, DP43BF, DP43BFL, DG43NB, DQ43AP, DB43LD, DG43GT, DG43RK
G41 DG41TY, DG41RQ, DG41MJ, DG41KR, DG41CN, DG41BI, DG41TX, DG41WV, DG41AN
X38 DX38BT
P35, G35, Q35 DP35DP, DG35EC, DQ35JO, DQ35MP
G33 DG33BU, DG33FB, DG33TL
G31 DG31PR, DG31GL
5400XS D5400XS
975 D975XBX, D975XBX2
965 DG965MQ, DG965MS, DG965OT, DG965PZ, DG965RY, DG965SS, DG965WH, DP965LT, DQ965CO, DQ965GF, DQ965WC
963 DQ963FX
955 D955XBK, D955XCS
946 D946GZIS, D946GZTS, D946GZAB
945 D945GBO, D945GCCR, D945GCL, D945GCPE, D945GCZ, D945GNT, D945GPM, D945GRW, D945GTP, D945PAW, D945PDK, D945PLNM, D945PLRN, D945PSN, D945PVS, D945PWM,
925 D925XBC, D925XCV, D925XEBC2, D925XECV2, D925XHY
915 D915GAG, D915GAV, D915GEV, D915GLVG, D915GMH, D915GUX, D915GVWB, D915PBL, D915PCM, D915PCY, D915PDT, D915PGN, D915PLWD, D915PSY
910 D910GLDW
3rd Party D101GGC, D102GGC2

Caution
Before installing or removing the processor, make sure the AC power has been removed by unplugging the power cord from the computer, the standby power LED should not be lit (see Figure 3 on page 23). Failure to do so could damage the processor and the board.

To install a processor, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the socket lever by pushing the lever down (A) and away (B) from the socket.
  2. Lift the load plate. Do not touch the socket contacts.
  3. Remove the plastic protective socket cover from the load plate. Do not discard the protective socket cover. Always replace the socket cover if the processor is removed from the socket.
  4. Remove the processor from the protective processor cover. Hold the processor only at the edges, being careful not to touch the bottom of the processor. Do not discard the protective processor cover. Always replace the processor cover if the processor is removed from the socket.
  5. Hold the processor with your thumb and index fingers oriented as shown in the figure below. Make sure fingers align to the socket cutouts (A). Align notches (B) with the socket (C). Lower the processor straight down without tilting or sliding the processor in the socket.
  6. Pressing down on the load plate (A) close and engage the socket lever (B).

Install the processor fan heatsink or thermal module
For complete instructions on how to attach the processor fan heat sink (for ATX-based boards) or thermal module (for BTX-based boards), refer to the boxed processor manual.

Connect the processor fan heat sink cable to the 4-pin processor fan header. A fan with a 4-pin connector is recommended, however, a fan with a 3-pin connector can be used. Since the 3-pin fan cannot use the onboard fan control, the fan will always operate at full speed.

For ATX-based boards:

For BTX-based boards:

Install memory modules
Select from the links below to view system memory information for your desktop board.

Chipset Desktop Board
H87, Q87, Z87 DH87MC, DH87RL, DQ87PG, DZ87KLT-75K
B85 DB85FL
X79 DX79SI, DX79SR, DX79TO
H77, Q77, Z77 DH77EB, DH77DF, DH77KC, DQ77MK, DQ77KB, DQ77CPDZ77BH-55K, DZ77GA-70KDZ77RE-75K, DZ77SL-50K
B75, Z75 DB75EN, DZ75ML-45K
Z68 DZ68ZV, DZ68DB, DZ68BC
Q67, P67, H67 DQ67SW, DQ67OW, DQ67EP, DP67DE, DP67BG, DP67BA, DH67VR, DH67GD, DH67CL, DH67CF, DH67BL
B65 DB65AL
H61 DH61ZE, DH61WW, DH61SA, DH61KVCH, DH61SKCHDH61DL, DH61CR, DH61BE, DH61AG, DH61AGL, DH61BF, DH61HO
X58 DX58SO2, DX58SO, DX58OG
H57, Q57 DH57JG, DH57DD, DQ57TM, DQ57TML
H55, P55 DH55HC, DH55PJ, DH55TC, DP55KG, DP55SB, DP55WG, DP55WB
NM10 D510MO, D410PT, D425KT, D525MW, DN2800MT, D2700MUD, D2700DC, D2550MUD2, D2550DC2, D2500HN, D2500CC
X48 DX48BT2
Q45, P45, G45 DQ45CB, DQ45EK, DP45SG, DG45ID, DG45FC
P43, G43, Q43, B43 DP43TF, DP43BF, DP43BFL, DG43NB, DQ43AP, DB43LD, DG43GT, DG43RK
G41 DG41TY, DG41RQ, DG41MJ, DG41KR, DG41CN, DG41BI, DG41TX, DG41WV, DG41AN
X38 DX38BT
P35, G35, Q35 DP35DP, DG35EC, DQ35JO, DQ35MP
G33 DG33BU, DG33FB, DG33TL
G31 DG31PR, DG31GL
5400XS D5400XS
975 D975XBX, D975XBX2
965 DG965MQ, DG965MS, DG965OT, DG965PZ, DG965RY, DG965SS, DG965WH, DP965LT, DQ965CO, DQ965GF, DQ965WC
963 DQ963FX
955 D955XBK, D955XCS
946 D946GZIS, D946GZTS, D946GZAB
945 D945GBO, D945GCCR, D945GCL, D945GCLF, D945GCLF2, D945GCPE, D945GCZ, D945GNT, D945GPM, D945GRW, D945GTP, D945PAW, D945PLNM, D945PLRN, D945PSN, D945PVS, D945PWM, D945GSEJT
925 D925XBC, D925XCV, D925XEBC2, D925XECV2, D925XHY
915 D915GAG, D915GAV, D915GEV, D915GLVG, D915GMH, D915GUX, D915GVWB, D915PBL, D915PCM, D915PCY, D915PDT, D915PGN, D915PLWD, D915PSY
910 D910GLDW
3rd Party D101GGC, D102GGC2, D201GLY, D201GLY2

Install memory in the DIMM slots prior to installing any PCI Express* video card to avoid interference with the PCI Express slot retention mechanism. Intel® Desktop Boards based on the Intel® 945 Chipsets and later support dual channel memory. Refer to Single / Dual Channel Memory for complete information on configuring dual channel memory mode.

To install a DIMM, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off all peripheral devices connected to the computer. Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power cord.
  2. Remove the computer’s cover and locate the DIMM sockets.
  3. Make sure the clips at either end of the DIMM socket(s) are pushed outward to the open position.
  4. Holding the DIMM by the edges, remove it from its antistatic package.
  5. Position the DIMM above the socket. Align the small notch at the bottom edge of the DIMM with the keys in the socket.
  6. Insert the bottom edge of the DIMM into the socket.
  7. When the DIMM is inserted, push down on the top edge of the DIMM until the retaining clips snap into place. Make sure the clips are firmly in place.
  8. Replace the computer’s cover and reconnect the AC power cord.

Install chassis fans
Intel® Desktop Boards support up to three chassis fans. Connect the fans to the board fan headers, as shown below. Refer to the documentation that came with your desktop board for the location of the chassis fan headers.


Attach front panel connectors

Attach the front panel connector. Refer to Front Panel 9-Pin Header for pin-out details.

Install back panel I/O (optional)
Some Intel® Desktop Boards include either a back panel USB bracket or a back panel USB/IEEE1394 bracket. You may also purchase these types of brackets. Follow these steps to install:

  1. Attach the bracket to the chassis back panel.
  2. Connect the USB cable to an onboard USB header.
  3. For brackets with IEEE 1394, connect the IEEE 1394 cable to an onboard IEEE 1394 header.

Install front panel I/O (optional)
Some Intel® Desktop Boards include a front panel USB/IEEE 1394/Audio 3.5" module. You may also purchase these types of modules. To Install:

  1. Insert the 3.5" module into a drive bay on the chassis.
  2. Connect the USB cable to an onboard USB header.
  3. Connect the IEEE 1394 cable(s) to the onboard IEEE 1394 header(s).
  4. Connect the audio cable to the onboard front panel audio header.

Install floppy drive
To Install:

  1. Install the drive in an empty chassis bay.
  2. Attach the data and power cables to the drive.
  3. Attach the data cable to the desktop board’s floppy connector.

Install serial ATA devices (drives)
For the Intel® Desktop Boards supporting serial ATA (SATA), two or four SATA cables are included. The cable (4-conductor) supports the serial ATA protocol and connects a single drive to the desktop board. Either end of the cable can be connected to the SATA drive or the connector on the board. Some serial ATA drives may require a power adapter cable. Contact the manufacturer of the SATA drive to determine the best method for powering the SATA drive.

For correct SATA cable function, follow these steps:

  1. Attach a cable end to the connector on the board.
  2. Attach the other cable end to the drive.

Intel does not support the use of IDE to serial ATA converters, however limited testing indicates that such converters may work with the serial ATA feature of Intel Desktop Boards.

Install IDE devices (drives / DVD / CDROM)
Intel® Desktop Boards support Ultra ATA/66 and Ultra ATA/100 transfer rates. If you are using an Ultra ATA/66 or Ultra ATA/100 hard drive, you must use the 40-pin, 80-conductor IDE cable. Both the board and the cable are backward compatible with previous IDE transfer protocols. Install the IDE cable in the following orientation:

  1. Attach the cable end with the single connector to the board.
  2. Attach the cable end with the two closely spaced connectors to the drives.

Connect CD-ROM audio
(Applicable to desktop boards that include on-board audio.)
Some older operating systems require that an additional audio cable be connected from the CD-ROM drive to the motherboard in order listen to CD's directly from the CD-ROM drive. In this situation, connect the CD-ROM audio cable to the connector labeled "CD IN."

Note Not all Intel® Desktop Boards include this connector. Refer to On board CD-ROM Connector No Longer Required for more information.

Install add-in PCI Express* graphics (optional)
Care must be taken when installing a PCI Express* card into a PCI Express x16 slot. When installing any PCI Express card in the desktop board, ensure that it is fully seated in the connector before you power on the system. If the card is not fully seated, an electrical short may result across the PCI Express slot pins. Depending on the over-current protection of the power supply, certain board components and/or traces may be damaged.

Connect devices to back panel connectors
Refer to this diagram for connecting cables properly.

Note The connectors shown in the graphic may not all be applicable to your system. Refer to the documentation that came with your desktop board.

Connect power cables
Connect the power cables.

Note The types of connectors used on the Intel® Desktop Boards can vary. Refer to the documentation that came with your board for specific power connection instructions.

Finishing up
To finish installation of your desktop board, follow these steps:

  1. BIOS settings for advanced system configuration (optional).
  2. Install the Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7*, Microsoft Window Vista*, Microsoft Windows XP* or Microsoft Windows 2000*.
  3. Install the Intel® Desktop Board drivers and applications.

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D2500CC
Intel® Desktop Board D2500HN
Intel® Desktop Board D2550DC2
Intel® Desktop Board D2700DC
Intel® Desktop Board D2700MUD
Intel® Desktop Board D410PT
Intel® Desktop Board D425KT
Intel® Desktop Board D510MO
Intel® Desktop Board D525MW
Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
Intel® Desktop Board D945GSEJT
Intel® Desktop Board DB65AL
Intel® Desktop Board DB75EN
Intel® Desktop Board DB85FL
Intel® Desktop Board DH55HC
Intel® Desktop Board DH55PJ
Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
Intel® Desktop Board DH57DD
Intel® Desktop Board DH57JG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61AG
Intel® Desktop Board DH61BE
Intel® Desktop Board DH61CR
Intel® Desktop Board DH61DL
Intel® Desktop Board DH61HO
Intel® Desktop Board DH61KVCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SA
Intel® Desktop Board DH61SKCH
Intel® Desktop Board DH61WW
Intel® Desktop Board DH61ZE
Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CF
Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL
Intel® Desktop Board DH67GD
Intel® Desktop Board DH67VR
Intel® Desktop Board DH77DF
Intel® Desktop Board DH77EB
Intel® Desktop Board DH77KC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87MC
Intel® Desktop Board DH87RL
Intel® Desktop Board DN2800MT
Intel® Desktop Board DP55KG
Intel® Desktop Board DP55SB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WB
Intel® Desktop Board DP55WG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BA
Intel® Desktop Board DP67BG
Intel® Desktop Board DP67DE
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TM
Intel® Desktop Board DQ57TML
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67EP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67OW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ67SW
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77CP
Intel® Desktop Board DQ77KB
Intel® Desktop Board DQ87PG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58OG
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO
Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI
Intel® Desktop Board DX79SR
Intel® Desktop Board DX79TO
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68BC
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68DB
Intel® Desktop Board DZ68ZV
Intel® Desktop Board DZ75ML-45K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77BH-55K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GA-70K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K
Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K

Solution ID: CS-020836
Last Modified: 02-Jun-2013
Date Created: 01-May-2005
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