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#1 mooniniteman

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:17 AM

I was "window shopping" and I was lookingat cases and alot of them say "mobo compatablity" ATX, MicroATX, Baby-ATX etc. what does that mean? Can I still put another mobo in it?

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:27 AM

It means it is compatable with those type of motherboards. There are holes already drilled for mounting these motherboards, for instance, plus other dimensions are compatable.

Can I still put another mobo in it?

I don't know what that means.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:45 AM

nvm. So if it doesnt say, ATX on the motherboad, then it wont fit?

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 05:38 PM

It wont exaclty say ATX on the MoBo, but when you are purchasing the MB, you can choose your different types. If you (for example) choose an ATX MoBo, then you need to select a Case that will fit ATX...and vice-versa.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:28 PM

Most desktops use ATX form factors, but you need the case which has the form factor for your motherboard.

Do you already have the mb?

If not, what shape and size case do you want?

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 07:39 PM

No, I'm looking what's compatible together. Then, I'm going to build it. So far I have A ton to learn about this stuff. I would appreciate all possible info I can get. I dont really know what size.

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 11:20 AM

Generally it's best to pick the mobo first - most everything revolves around it. Sometimes you'll pick the CPU first, but the mobo is then next - so it still drives a lot of your selections.
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 03:11 PM

Just so he is clear, ATX is not the brand of motherboard you need to use, it is the somewhat standard shape it is.

Most brands carry ATX sizes

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 05:46 PM

Most times if you have an ATX case a Mini / Micro / Baby ATX Mobo will fit in them. As in my case where I am using a Micro ATX Mobo in an ATX case. However this does not work in reverse ATX boards will not fit in an Micro / Mini / Baby ATX case the cases are much too small.
BATX cases dont work w/ any of them only BATX Mobos.

Edit: I assume Micro / Mini / Baby ATX boards are either all terms for the same size board or they are all differant sizes but use the same ATX bolt patten

Edited by BlackSpyder, 29 July 2006 - 05:48 PM.

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