K-L-Waster wrote:Thanks, everyone. So we have 2 votes for installing the cooler first.
To answer the various questions, it's an ATX motherboard going into my existing Corsair 550D case, which has a CPU cut-out.
Kougar wrote:Other people probably had better luck, but I have NEVER had the CPU cut-outs in motherboard trays align with my motherboards. And the cut-out alignment just gets even worse as the case ages with newer board designs.
Kougar wrote:So as long as you have the case flat and can simply place the board onto the standoffs to let gravity hold it there then I'd also say to install the cooler first. Never do it if you can't place the case completely flat on its side though.