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Old 10-30-2005, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1.)In order for a motherboard to be compatible with a case, does the dimension of the motherboard, have to be the exact dimensions that the case requires for the dimensions, or can the motherboard dimensions be smaller than the case's requirements?



Case 12" x 9.6" (ATX)

Mobo 9.45" x 12" (ATX)

So for instance, because the dimensions of the mobo are smaller than the requirements for the case, are the two compatible? Or are they not, because the dimensions must be exactly the same?
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if you were to get an mATX board you will need an mATX case. if you were to get an ATX mobo as in this case then you will need an ATX case

those two will fit in each other i would go for the black but silver is ok lol
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That's not what I was implying, I was implying that the dimensions are different, even though they are both "ATX".

Case: 12" x 9.6" (ATX)

Mobo: 9.45" x 12" (ATX)

I guess my real question is that, as long as the motherboard's dimensions are less than or equal to the case's requirements for motherboard dimensions, it's compatible automatically?
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yes as long as the mobo is smaller then the case it will go in

thats why they made ATX and mATX so it would be easier instead of looking at the dimensions.
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Ok thanks alot, I just wanted to make sure I wouldn't encounter a scenerio in which the screw holes or such wouldn't line up in the mobo with the case.

One more question...

Notice how my case has panels for USB and other sort of "outlets" on the front only, but my mobo only has for the back. How will this work out? Are the incompatible?
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there are front panel connector wires that will come down from the case and connect into the mobo so you can use them
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Oh sweetness thanks a bunch, are you sure though?
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i am 100% sure if i was wrong i would go out and buy myself a 7800GTX even though i dont have a PCIE-16 slot
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