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Raynor Jan 21, 2008, 05:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I just got my Foxconn Mars and it doesn't mention anywhere whether or not you are supposed to use the cartonboard washers or not. My guess is because it is omitted, I shouldn't use them... but I was hoping one of you could give me a definite yah or nah.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681318613...onn%2bmars

If you look at the pics there the screw holes have 8 metal tabs around them.


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Adam Kolak Jan 21, 2008, 05:54pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
Those little rubber washer rings are not required, and on most modern motherboards the circuits are far enough away from the screws. If you want to use them though it will not hurt. Either way it doesn't really make a difference.

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Raynor Jan 21, 2008, 06:07pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
That's what I thought I just wanted a second opinion before I toast my new rig :D

Adam Kolak Jan 21, 2008, 06:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
What other parts did you get? I'm curious, as I'm looking to build a new system within the next few months. Let us know how the Foxconn Mars is too.

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Raynor Jan 21, 2008, 07:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
Alright so I have a full tower case already (Cooler Master Centurion 5, came with a 350W PSU)

The Basics:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping Kentsfield 2.40GHz 8MB L2 LGA 775 Processor Retail BX80562Q6600 SLACR
$277.99

Foxconn MARS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$186.99

EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$359.99 (The price has dropped $20 bucks since I ordered it xD)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$119.99

2GB KIT 2X1GB DDR2 PC28500 240PIN DIMM BALLISTIX TRACER x2
$229.99 (Price drop again... $30 less for 2 kits. Total 4x1gb 1066mhz tracers)

ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V (Auto Adjusted) UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Retail
$114.99

Total cost:
$1289.94 (+ 20-30 bux shipping)

Around $1300 for a kickass rig.

Raynor Jan 21, 2008, 07:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
Adam Kolak said:
What other parts did you get? I'm curious, as I'm looking to build a new system within the next few months. Let us know how the Foxconn Mars is too.


I've already been impressed with the Foxconn's manual. The q6600's manual is a POS. Likewise for the Centurion case. (I quote from the manual:
"1. Unscrew the side panel and remove.
2. Lay the chassis.
3. Locate the motherboard with the location of motherboard screw location.
4. Secure the motherboard with suitable screws."

It comes with 3 different screws which fit into the mobo screw nuts... "suitable screws," thanks a lot. All of it's instructions are like that. "Remove the front plate." My question to them is HOW? I'll have to figure that out later...

The memory hasn't come... due in tommorrow... I'm putting it together and when I get back from classes tomorrow I'll fire her up and we'll see if I screwed anything up :cool:

Adam Kolak Jan 21, 2008, 08:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
Nice setup you got there. In my experience most cases don't even come with instructions. Motherboards have to have great manuals because they do so much different things. CPUs usually just have a little warranty paper and something on installing the (stock) heatsink.

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Raynor Jan 23, 2008, 01:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Foxconn Mars mobo does it use the cartonboard washers?
So I got it working... I'll have to get some pictures when I get back from school today. The Foxconn board has a blue LED in the lower right corner. Couple that with the Crucial tracers and the whole board has a nice blue glow. The tracer memory is dead center in the window on my case and the activity lights are really bright... turn out the lights and you've got a night light in the case itself :D The mobo also has a red led right below the memory slots... it looks very nice.

So far my favorite feature of the foxconn board is the OC recovery -> I try an OC (and so far have failed miserably) but it just beeps and resets back to no OC.

Computer runs ~45C... GPU & RAM get hot to the touch, but it's just toasty... not burning. I do have one concern so far. The ASUS DVD burner I got is LOUD. It easily outclasses all my fans (except during powerup when they all go to 100%)... I might have to swap out... I dunno how distracting it'll be in the long run.


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