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[COLOR=blue]Im gonna be building a computer soon and i was wondering whether i would have any difficulties with my case that i buy not working with the mobo i get. I know sometimes you have to get diff I/O plates for the back of the mobo but as far as the front usb, etc. - is getting them hooked up usually a problem for a new mobo and case? Do new mobos come with the right hook ups for that kinda stuff. The case im thinking about getting is the MGE Viper but im not sure the mobo right yet, if that helps...
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Yea if they have front usb then there should be a cord for the usb u connect it to the f_usb look on ur motherboard manuel it will show there and what kind of computer are u building
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IM building a gaming comp for a friend of mine. 3.4 HT-1GB corsair 3200-256mb 6800gt- 17 lcd monitor-vipercase-etc etc= one kick [bleep] computer
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Redletter - what you have to look for is "ATX" Form Factor. If a Case, Motherboard, and Power Supply all conform to the ATX Form Factor, then they are designed to work with each other - so yes all the connections will be there. Note that it will be your case that has the cables attached that you will connect to the motherboards ports for the front connectors.

MicroATX motherboards are basically the same but shorter (normally fewer expansion slots) so a MicroATX motherboard will fit an ATX case, but a ATX motherboard will be too long for a Micro, and some Mini-ATX cases.

Warning - There will be several mounting holes in the case floor to mount the motherboard with stand-offs. The ATX form factor says that if there is a hole, it must be in a specific place. This does not mean there has to be a hole in the case or a corresponding hole in the motherboard. It only means that if holes are there, they will align.

So make sure you screw in standoffs in all the holes, and only the holes, that have mating holes in the motherboard - you don't want any extra stand offs to short out the board.

And remember that a static discharge so small that you can't feel is more than enough to destroy your CPU, RAM, Video card, or motherboard! Keep yourselve grounded and the equipment unplugged when near the insides.
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The motherboard manual will tell you where to hook everything up in your case and even install the CPU and RAM - how good your manual is that comes with your motherboard is key. I have found some to be excellent and others practically useless (as far as correct hookups to the case and being readable).

Board manufacturers also usually give you extra's with the board like USB's, I/O shield, cables ... etc. As mentioned above the size of the case matters alot. Your not going to get a standard size ATX board into a micro ATX case.
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thanks alot everyone
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