I think Asus needed to design the board a little better. The q-shield was really funky and didn’t want to fit the motherboard. I almost had to bend the q-shield just to make the motherboard fit and it was still awkward. The mobo didn’t want to go into the q-shield, almost like it was designed for another board altogether. As soon as I tightened the screws, I saw the solder come off. I quickly removed the screw and wiped off the pieces thinking, crap, I wonder if this will affect my warranty.
It really was unnecessary to put that solder around the screws. Also, my wife had to push on the board while I held the case and inserted the first couple of screws, after that she let go. Once the board is mounted to the case, or before, it just doesn’t want to line up with the q-shield. This results in a few of the usb’s being rather difficult to use. I have to push really hard with a usb cable and it almost makes a grinding noise as it scrapes against the q-shield.
This was my first build so I didn’t know what to expect, though I didn’t expect that. I don’t know if removing the screws will help considering the fact that I already have a Tuniq Tower mounted and it would be rather difficult to take out the top left corner mobo screw. I think I’ll just leave it alone now that it’s mounted as I don’t want to cause any problems with something that works “okay.” Better okay than not at all.
I hope this helps in your decision to keep the board, get rid of it, or not to buy this type again. I think my board is okay for now. As soon as my new ram comes in I’ll get this bad boy up and running again and enjoy the rest of the month on Crysis.