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Old March 18, 2009, 06:33 PM
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I have an old Coolermaster Centurion 2 case:
BigBruin.Com - Cooler Master Centurion 2 Case Review

Now that I'm ready to retire the gear that's in it (A64 S754 system), I wonder if I could re-use it...I will probably get a cheap X2 or a E5200, 2 gigs of DDR2 and a reliable (but cheap) mobo. Most cheap ones are mATX. I'll put my older 8800GTS in it too.The rig will be used to surf the net, playing cards and a few games.

Can a mATX motherboard fit in all ATX cases? I've NEVER bought a mATX mobo at all...there is no info on the manufacturer's website on this...
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Old March 18, 2009, 06:48 PM
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Yup, mATX boards fit fine in ATX cases.
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Old March 18, 2009, 06:55 PM
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I know they're much smaller, but are the holes for the "mobo-mounting pegs" are already placed at the right spot in all ATX cases? Or I mean, was it part of the ATX spec to have support for mATX mobos? If it's not sure, I'll have to spend more to get an ATX mobo instead.
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The holes are in the right spots. I've put mATX boards in ATX cases multiple times with no problems.
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Old March 19, 2009, 07:23 AM
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The holes are identical, only you don't need the bottom 3 from what I can remember.

Most cases have letters or even the word beside each mounting hole so you know what's for ATX and mATX.
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Like others said. It will fit

Check out this diagram.

As you can see, MATX have the exact wide. ATX board just have a few extra PCI or so and is longer.

mATX size 9.6 x 9.6 inches
ATX size 12 x 9.6 inches
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Old March 19, 2009, 06:08 PM
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Thanks for the answers!

I particularly like the wikipedia link. Althougt there is good and bad about WIKI, that page on ATX is great...
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i personally not a fan of wiki either

But thats the best diagram i found while googling
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