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Go with the gigabyte version, the only reason why I did that is because I was cutting corners to stay on budget, but you already had a bunch of stuff that I listed in my previous post.
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Sounds good! And also, just for the sake of double checking, you think the power supply will fit fine?
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I'm worried that it won't but I have never worked with mATX, can you tell me the dimensions of your PSU.
As in LxWxH.
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ummm....from my measurements lol...

L - ~ 5 inch
W - ~ 6.5 inch
H ~ 3 inch

I say ~ because i measured it when it was inside the case, so it might be off by point an inch or so.

Here's everything it says on the PSU if it helps any:

Optimax Titan Power
Model: ATX-450PS

DC - Output, +3.3V, +5V, +12V, -5V, -12V, +5Vsb
MAX 28A, 35A, 22A, 0.5A, 1A 2A
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I've been looking around because like I said I have never touched a mATX build, but those mesurements are the same as my ATX case, not to mention the ATX in the model number. The size of your PSU is the same as mine so it should work.
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Could it be that my case can accommodate both mATX and normal ATX form factors? Is that possible for a case to do?
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Yes it is, but I have no way of finding this out. Do you have the manual for the case or box to find instrucitons? I think I was going crazt I don't think there is a mATX PSU.
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Edited by james_8970, 20 May 2007 - 11:03 AM.

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I don't have any manuals or anything for it, but i searched online for it and this is what I found. It's basically the exact same, except mine has a blue transformer glowey head guy and not a red one.

http://www.atruerevi...ormer/index.php
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Well that says it's ATX not mATX, it doesn't even mention it supporting mATX, are you sure you have a mATX motherboard in there? I'd suggest getting a ATX board since it appears thats what you case supports and they are generally better when compared to a mATX board.
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I could be wrong on this but this how I always understood it. mATX will fit in any ATX case. ATX cases uses ATX standard PSU. There are certain mATX boxes that only fit a mATX board. These are typically off shape and not standard mid-tower cases. Example: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811133036. So basically any case that will fit an ATX board will fit a mATX but it doesn't always go the other way around.

Edited by Titan8990, 20 May 2007 - 07:38 PM.

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Yeah I think your right, like I said I have never used a mATX build. I'd go for a ATX setup, more room for upgrades and things generally have slight gains over mATX.
James

Edited by james_8970, 20 May 2007 - 07:57 PM.

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Hmmm. The mATX motherboard seems to look fine. As long as I can upgrade the CPU, RAM, and video card at a later time, i am happy. The mATX board in my current computer looks like it fits fine. Leaves some room around the case for cables. Unless you have some suggestions for a good ATX that's cheaper then the current mATX :whistling: lol.
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Whatever you like.

But the next time you upgrade your CPU you'll likely have to get a new motherboard, it's not the greatest time to be upgrading. October would be a good time if your going the AMD route. The new line of CPU's will require AM2+ or AM3. All motherboards currently available are AM2 or Socket 939.
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Well, I am assuming that anything new that is coming out this year, will be fairly pricey. I probably wouldn't upgrade to anything seriously to of the line until the prices go down.

Question about the current mATX motherboard though. How do I connect my CD/DVD drive if there is only 1 IDE connector on the motherboard? ( which would be used by my harddrives ).

Edited by unstablefears, 21 May 2007 - 11:05 AM.

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MOBOs have been coming with only one IDE spot recently because of SATA drives. They are faster, cheaper, and don't have big ribbons that reduce the air flow through your case. You can have a HDD and a CD drive on the same IDE cable as long as the HDD is set to master and on the master connector of the cable.

I highly recommend a SATA HDD though.
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