Determine case Motherboard Form Factors?

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muckmail

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I have a Acer ASE380-UD440A case I would like to put a new mother board in.
What motherboard form Factor should I look for?

If I have a computer case how can I determine its motherboard form
factor. Is there way I can measure the case and then use a chart
to figure out the form factor?
Thank you,
 

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From the spec sheet I found it says it is a "mini tower"

I would really just get a new case rather than attempt to reuse this one. This is for a few reasons;

1 OEM type cases are often proprietary ie they are not made to industry standard size; they are made to the OEM's specs.

2 OEM cases often have marginal airflow/cooling.

3 Because of reason #1, standard mb may not fit correctly or pci slots may not line up. In addition even if the boards are the same size, nothing guarantees that the mounting holes in the board are going to line up with the case stand-offs.
 

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One other item. If you were intending to replace the mb because it failed, you are going to have to add the cost of a new version of windows. You cannot reuse an oem type windows license. The oem type of windows is tied to the original hardware ie mb and cannot be moved to another system.

The only way around this is to purchase the replacement board from the system builder. Then you can reuse the windows lic you currently have.
 
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