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Motherboard Confusion

By rollcifer
Jan 27, 2008
  1. does any motherboard work with any computer case, i need a bigger computer case for my computer i built and im having a little trouble choosing one because the picture makes it look like the expansion slots and things like that wont line up right...i know about like models of motherboards like atx and stuff, so what should i do here!!
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes and no

    Most 99% of PC motherboards will fit into 99% of PC boxes.

    Things to watch out for are:
    If the power supply is included in new box (if so what type, how much wattage)
    The front connectors (USB, Audio) plugs are individual or in a block (of wires)
    The case fan or the cutout to allow case/rear fans is present
    The PCI cage or brackets are plastic clips or screw in (I prefer screw in type)
    The covers are easily detached (including front cover)
    All mounting screws and cables come with the box (M/b posts as well)
     
  3. rollcifer

    rollcifer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok. well im going to just buy a new case and use my old motherboard. i found our what i was doing wrong lol. im pretty sure it will fit, and will the mb like mount work in the new case? im thinkin it will
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes (but don't quote me!!)
     
  5. rollcifer

    rollcifer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    lol can do! im gettin one with a mount just incase though
     
  6. rollcifer

    rollcifer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    o! can the i/o panels come off on the back of a new case if it has one. cuz thats the issue ive got with matchin em up
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please use Edit, instead of replying to your own post (if it is the preceeding post)

    The I/O face plate, is specific to your motherboard Only.
    Which means you must use the one you have right now, not the new one (it would be very lucky to get the same plate.

    These plates are easy to push out and push in, into the new box.

    They usually do not come with the new box
     
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