Old motherboard

If my computer has an old case and I wanted to put a new motherboard in it what should I do, without spending much money.
JimFetteAsked:
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chewymonCommented:
Depending on how old, you are better off getting a new case ($35 or so) to fit the new motherboard.  Case and board together should run $150 or so depending on board.  That way you can upgrade to an ATX board with all the goodies.  If you don't want a new case, you are stuck with boards that fit.  If it is a tower, an AT or Baby AT will probably fit.  If it is a desktop, what will fit depends entirely on the case and manufacturer of the original machine.
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rayt333Commented:
to add to what chewymon said if this is a propritory computer (Compaq, Packard Hell, Dell, ect) then you cannot change the MB to anything except their MB without a new case
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jilerCommented:
If you don't want a new case, you simply have to find a motherboard that fits. You didn't say what type of a system you had, but if it's proprietary (some Gateways and Packard Bell, for example) you could have a problem.

If you have an AT MB, simply buy a new AT; if you have a proprietary system, you'll be at the mercy of the manufacturer.

By way of comment, cases are cheap and you'll have the added benefit of a new power supply....
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chewymonCommented:
jiler - I believe that was already said.
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rayt333Commented:
jiler
You have been a "member" for 1 1/2 years and why suddenly have you taken to posting what other experts have said in comments as the answer?

JimFette
please reject the proposed answer since it copies comments previously posted by others
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jilerCommented:
I will gladly yield to the previous answer since I had not read it when I replied. I did not mean to offend.
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