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Will I have to change my case if I buy a new motherboard?

Q: Will I have to change my case if I buy a new motherboard?

My question is, I'm planing on installing a new motherboard to my desktop as I found out the mobo in my desktop now doesn't support newer graphic cards. Not even half-new graphic cards even. Recently bought a GeForce GTX 750 ti Strix OC Edition model and my motherboard can't handle it. So I need a new motherboard. My question is, do I need a whole new case too or will a micro-ATX mobo work in my current case? Thanks in advance./Wind
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your mother will fix .no problem
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A:motherboard and case

Please post your system specs, To include Make and model info for the following, Mother Board (including Revision number), Processor (Exact Model Number), Ram, Video Card, Hdd(s), Optical Drive(s), Power Supply Manufacturer Model, Wattage and Amperage on the +12V Rails, OS, and any other peripherals installed on the motherboard, and case.
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A:Motherboard or case?

Are you using the spacers that come with the case when you fit the mobo? Seems like there's a short somewhere.
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A:Motherboard and case

The ASUS K8U-X is a regular ATX size motherboard, all you need is a Mid or Full ATX case for it. A Mini or Micro ATX, or BTX case wouldn't work as they'd be too small. With some cases the power supply sits above the top of the motherboard while on others the top of the power supply and the top of motherboard are at the same level so from the outside it may look too small.

Also don't line up the baord by the slots, line it up by the I/O panel(the panel with all the connectors on it). The top slot on the case doesn't always line up with the top slot on the motherbaord.
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A:will this motherboard fit my case

ace1, welcome to the seven Forums.

As long as Emachines didn't have the original board made to the mATX standard, then it should just be a matter of removing the old and installing the new. Here are the specs for the current ECS board,

ECS Web Site

If you look the dimensions for both are 244 mm x 244 mm.
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case I am considering
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A:instaling a motherboard to a case

Sounds like you have som problems....or will have problems. There should be no bending of the motherboard if it is installed correctly. Is the case the correct size for a full ATX motherboard? There are metal or plastic standoffs that screw into the backplane and in turn the motherboard screws to those. They have to be placed properly and only under the holes that align with the ones on the motherboard. The drive settings depend on how you want to connect them to the motherboard. If they are on the same cable set them as master and slave. If they are on seperate cables set each one as master or in the casse of the hard drive as a stand alone drive. It does matter the way you connect the LED connectors since LED's are polarity sensitive. Go by what the motherboard manual syas, not the case.
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The computer case im using is a

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A:Can I put a smaller motherboard in my OEM case?

I wrote similar about this a few hours ago here:

Basically OEM means that your Windows version will not work (either due to restore image, or just on legalities) by changing the proprietary OEM Motherboard

And none of the support or drivers will work again, ie from here:

You are much more safer and wiser to leave it standard, and then sell it complete, and build your own computer (if you want)

Don't change manufacture OEM hardware (update Ram and alike is ok, but not Motherboard)

Also the front wires may not connect to a new motherboard and the motherboard plate may not align up
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A:Motherboard/Case Relationship

Thanks again Zenosincks, you steered me into the right direction. I did further research into ATX standards & found a very useful pdf file on ATX standards. I wish I could do an attachment because it would be very useful to a lot of people. Thanks again Zenosincks.
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A:Motherboard/Case Compatibility

Unless you have a Dell case or another manufacturer who uses a proprietary set up an ATX MB should fit any ATX case. With a new motherboard you may or may not be able to re use your RAM. If you have a separate video card that could be a problem depending how old you present system is.
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PWR LED - (one pin plug, white wire)
POWER SW (two pin plug, two wires, orange and white)
RESET SW (two pin plug, two wires, blue and white)
SPEAKER (four pin plug, two wires, red and black).

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1 11
2 12
3 13
4 14
5 15
6 16
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8 18
9 19
10 20

The manual diagram designates the motherboard pins as follows:

Reserved: (1)
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A:Connecting motherboard to case

POWER SW (two pin plug, two wires, orange and white)
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Reset SW: (9), (10)GND(WHITE)
POWER SW (two pin plug, two wires, orange and white)

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System Power LED: (13)GND
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SPEAKER (four pin plug, two wires, red and black).
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Worse case you may have to reverse a set of wires, shouldn't hurt anything if you connect them backwards

Hope you can read my cut and paste fiasco
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A:Can you help me choose motherboard and case

That Gigabyte board is excellent.
Use any case that pleases you, but don't get one that comes with a power supply. Buy the pwower supply separately.
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A:dell case and btx motherboard

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A:Motherboard / case compatible?

Dell stuff is proprietary ie made to dell's specs and NOT industry standard specs. While you can sometimes get a standard type mb to fit a dell case, you usually have to do at least some engineering to make it work.

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A:Installing Motherboard in Case

Hey man,
I know the feeling of getting a new case and wanting everything to work out okay. First off, the motherboard isnt supposed to touch these metal bumps directly because yes, this could cause problems. Put plugs in the bumps, and then screw down the parts that align with the holes in your motherboard. By the way, what kind of case do you have? Mines a X-Dreamer II and I just plugged up the bumps (it seemed to work for me).
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A:Connecting Motherboard to Case

It's actually on page 22. It's fairly straight forward. The illustrations gives you the pin numbers, even numbers on top and odd along the bottom. The chart tells you which front panel connector goes to which pair of pins. Note that there is a positive and negative side. If they aren't marked on the connector itself, the negative side is usually the white or black wire.

The LEDs are the only ones that really matter which is positive and negative. The switches don't really matter.
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A:Motherboard/Case help please - Setting up

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A:Where do wires from case connect to on my motherboard?

here is the link to the manual for my motherboard....

Here is the link to the manual for my case

Sorry for the long explanation but i didn't know how to simplify it haha.

Reading that manual i am 99 percent sure i got everything hooked up right. Negative to negative, etc.


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Have you tried taking the components out of the case, laying them on a static resitant surface; and connecting it all outside of the case? (you can then rule out/in the motherboard shorting to the case)
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The only wires that will be polarity sensative would be the ones for the LEDs. For switchs they are either open or close no polarity involved.
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This is my motherboard here, the only example I could find:

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A:Transferring emachine motherboard to a new case.

Hi Korwatt and welcome to TSG.

Click this link to download a manual for your motherboard

Unzip the file and rename it so it ends with .pdf (don't forget the dot) and open it in a PDF reader. The connectors for the front panel are shown on page 78.
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It sounds like the mobo that you have is a micro ATX board, so yes you can upgrade to a full ATX mobo and fit it within that case.

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Are the power supply connectors the same.
Your system is detecting a difference...
If you can get to a point where it will stay on for a few minutes, go to
Start->Control Panel->System->Advanced->Startup and Recovery, then remove the check from "Automatic Restart" you will get error messages the next time you reboot that will help you figger out the problem.

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Did you install the motherboard standoffs (risers) in the new case?
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Double check the Power switch/Reset/Speaker/HDD indicator/Power indicator wires are plugged in the correct places. Sometimes the diagrams are not real clear on exactly which pins are the right ones for each. Check the jumpers on the MB to ensure they all are set to what the book says. Could be a jumper fell off or was not set properly.
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A PCI card or a PCI-E card.
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A:Solved: How to mount a motherboard inside a new case?


Putting a new moBo in a case is usualy straight forward as long as you check a few things first.

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A:motherboard & case front panel connections

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Get an Antec Sonata II. It includes an excellent powersupply as well.
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See description here:
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Hello Rezelute,

3 looks more like a drive bay screw. It'll work though if it there's enough of the screw head holding down the motherboard, and it's not stripping the mount screw (left below).

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A:Solved: My motherboard is shorting w/ the tower case... so now what?
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A:Determine case Motherboard Form Factors?

From the spec sheet I found it says it is a "mini tower"

I would really just get a new case rather than attempt to reuse this one. This is for a few reasons;

1 OEM type cases are often proprietary ie they are not made to industry standard size; they are made to the OEM's specs.

2 OEM cases often have marginal airflow/cooling.

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A:Solved: Change case mystery


I found the answer by looking at a previous thread on the same subject.
Simply highlight the text that is in CAPS, hold down the SHIFT key, and press F3.

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A:Issues moving Dell Vostro 260 Motherboard to New Case

I would honestly suggest leaving it in the case its in. or get a standard motherboard. your voiding any possible warranty anyways
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A:Awesomely ridiculous question: Placing motherboard in case

You must insert either metal (brass) or plastic standoffs between the bottom of the motherboard and the case.

You must carefully observe where the motherboard's screw-holes are, and then place a standoff in the case at the corresponding location.

Standoffs usually come with the case, in the little bag consisting of screws and whatnot.