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Currently, I've a tower ATX casing and mobo's dimension is ATX form factor compliant I intend to replace my current mobo and the only available one for Socket 370 is micro ATX type.
Do I have to change to a new casing or the new mobo can fix exactly ?

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Question by:hhheng
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by:LucF
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micro ATX should fit into your ATX tower, just check all the mounting holes.

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by:hhheng
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Hello LucF

Is the mounting holes pre-set for micro ATX mobo inside the casing as standard or depends on the type of casing. If depends on the type of casing, how to check for the holes. I have not purchase the micro ATX mobo yet so I don't know whether the mounting holes on the casing should be.

Heng

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Most cases accept them, but not all, I suggest you messure the mounting holes in your case, then go to your supplier and check if the Micro ATX will fit.
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hhheng,

One way to tell if your motherboard inside casing is standard or pre-set, is to:
unmount the board currently in there....to see if there are any removeable Brass Risers, spacers, standoffs, or motherboard mounts?  Or you can take the side panels or the case top off...and look at the back plane of the motherboard to see if the brass risers or motherboard mounts are moveable.  If they are moveable then most likely you can mount a standard ATX motherboard or a Micro ATX board.  

Here are some sites kinda outlining and displays a few pictures to show you how to put together a computer or mount a motherboard etc.....gives you ideas anyway:
http://peripherals.about.com/library/weekly/aa062100e.htm
http://peripherals.about.com/library/weekly/aa082402b.htm
http://support.tcwo.com/video.cfm?loc=videos/hi/mountBoard.wmv
http://biorobots.cwru.edu/server/howto/buildcomp/mountmobo/
http://www.networkclue.com/hardware/computer/building/together.php#Mount
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by:hhheng
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Wakeup is right. My mobo does have a moveable brass risers so this means that a micro ATX mobo type can be adjusted to fix inside my casing.

Cheers to all...
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