MOBO form factor question

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  1. ls1norcal

    ls1norcal New Member

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    Micro ATX, ATX Full Tower, will someone please give me a rundown as to the difference between Micro ATX and, I guess standard ATX?

    Basically the mobo that im getting is this cheap PCCHIPS one, and the "form factor" is Micro ATX. Does this mean that it will only fit in a Micro ATX case? Or will it fit in a standard ATX case?

    Ive always built barebones before, so fitting mobos with cases is new to me.
     
  2. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude with an ileostomy bag OT Supporter

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    it will fit an atx case, it just won't utilize all the pci slots because the board is shorter
     
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    ATX and micro-ATX are the two main mobo sizes. ATX is considered "full size" and micro is smaller.

    If you have a micro-ATX case, only a micro-ATX board will fit in it. An ATX mid-tower and full tower case will fit larger ATX boards as well as the smaller micro-ATX. A full tower case is larger, usually to accommodate more hard drives and other internals, than a mid-tower case is (though a mid-tower can usually still fit an ATX mobo)

    Also, micro-ATX is sometimes abbreviated µATX
     

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