Building Micro ATX

  23790954 11:11 04 Mar 2006

Having built several ATX computer systems successfully, I would now like to build a Micro ATX system. Before purchasing all the necessary componants for the Micro ATX, can anyone, with more knowledge than myself,
tell me if there are any major differences in building, between the ATX and Micro ATX, or is a Micro ATX just as straight foreward as an ATX.
Any information on this matter would be very much appreciated. Many thanks.

  ed-0 11:39 04 Mar 2006

It's just the same. You will probably have just 1 or 2 pci slots. Make sure the motherboard matches the case. get the size of the board from the manufactures website and get the smallest case to match. The fittings are universal to take the motherboard.

Apart from that it just slots together exactley like a full size tower.

  ed-0 11:51 04 Mar 2006

You can also build them even smaller. This "At just 17cm x 17cm, Mini-ITX is the world's smallest native x86 mainboard platform," click here.

Would fit into this click here.

  Stuartli 14:14 04 Mar 2006

Most mini-ATX mobos have three PCI slots and also take a different PSU to the ATX cases (maximum power is normally 235w in most instances).

Intel's specifications laid down for mini-ATX, ATX etc can be found at:

click here

and other similar websites.

  Stuartli 14:15 04 Mar 2006

It can often prove a real pain attempting to work in the confined space of a mini-ATX case...:-)

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