Help finding a motherboard

By KurtisLow
Apr 30, 2005
  1. I'm helping my brother find a motherboard/processor combo for his Northgate computer.

    He bought a motherboard/combo (celeron 2.8 ghz) for an ATX case from Microcenter & it didnt fit. He's thinking he needs a micro atx.

    I'm going through the manual & it looks like it's a P4XMS main board.

    My question is, how do you specify what type of motherboard he needs for the case he has.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Take the measurements of the current board and look for one with the same size.
    The P4XMS from Elitegroup (or ECS) is of the MicroATX format.
    Any other MicroATX mobo will fit.
    Check that your current CPU and graphics card are suited for the new mobo.
  3. KurtisLow

    KurtisLow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info. :)

    Any suggestions on a mobo/combo?

    I'm hearing abit & asus... but I'm not really sure which is better.
  4. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    well it might be hard to find good micros, might i recrommend just getting a new case for about 30-50$? then get the standard sized atx board?
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    What socket type does he need? It could be 423, 478, or 775. For socket 478, this is a pretty good matx board.

    The mobo you list, do you mean P4VXMS? If so, that's a socket 423 ecs mobo.
    Do you have more information, especially the socket type needed?
  6. KurtisLow

    KurtisLow TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info.

    He just went with a new Mobo kit. MSI 651M-L
    Here is the link for the specs:

    The OEM motherboard does not include a backplate I/O shield.
    I'm sure that wont be a problem though. A lot of computer
    stores around here if we need to get one.
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