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What is the form factor of my mother board?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Hansjurg, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. Hansjurg

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    How can I determine what the form factor of my motherboard is? I want to upgrade the power supply to 350W or more to accomodate a new video card which requires that minimum level of ummph.
     
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    Is the Motherboard Square or is it a rectangle shape? More Square usually = Micro ATX. More of a rectangle shape = ATX. By the Way the motherboard form factor would really have nothing to do with the Power Supply you select. Unless it is a BTX (Small Form Factor for slimline computers) motherboard, you would have to find a Power Supply to fit the slim line case.

    If it is one of the ATX form factor, then you should actually be looking towards a quality manufacturer 550W or better power supply.
     
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    A word of advise; do not go with the min requirements when selecting a pw supply. If the card mfg shows a 400W rating as min, you should consider at least a 450~500W unit. If you stop and think about it for a min or two, it makes perfect sense. When you make a part work at or near its maximum, it is not going to last very long. The analogy I use is "Do you run the engine in your car at full throttle all of the time" If you did, it would not last long.

    Next the quality of the unit is MUCH more important than a wattage rating. Good brands; corsair [not the builder series] pcpower&cooling, seasonic, or FSP.
     
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