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How do I know my Motherboard will fit in my Tower?

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January 4, 2014 2:26:46 PM

I apologize for my being new in this field, I've decided to build my very own PC. I've already retrieved:

Geforce GTX 760
750 W Corsair
i5 3450 3.1 g intel processor
Fans, dvd drive, HDD etc..

What I am wondering is if I need to be careful for what Tower I get in reference with my motherboard I'm going to order... I was planning on using the:
ASUS Q87M-E LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI
Fractal Design Define XL R2

I'm just afraid that for some reason, the motherboard will be too small in the tower, thus creating problems for EVERYTHING else. Anything I should know about?

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January 4, 2014 2:36:09 PM

It will fit with no problems, but that case is almost twice the size it needs to be. 9 slot openings, your chosen motherboard only has 4 slots, and the potential to overhang a card off the end making 5.

Full ATX 9 slots
E-ATX 7-8 slots but accepts full length boards
ATX 7-8 slots may not accept full length boards
Micro ATX 4-5 slots
Mini ATX/ITX 1-2 slots
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January 4, 2014 2:36:35 PM

Kirbyy said:
I apologize for my being new in this field, I've decided to build my very own PC. I've already retrieved:

Geforce GTX 760
750 W Corsair
i5 3450 3.1 g intel processor
Fans, dvd drive, HDD etc..

What I am wondering is if I need to be careful for what Tower I get in reference with my motherboard I'm going to order... I was planning on using the:
ASUS Q87M-E LGA 1150 Intel Q87 HDMI
Fractal Design Define XL R2

I'm just afraid that for some reason, the motherboard will be too small in the tower, thus creating problems for EVERYTHING else. Anything I should know about?


No. If you looked at your mobo specs you'll see that it's a MicroATX. Now if you looked at your case it a Full ATX which supports MicroATX as well. Only problem you should be worried about is the length of the Graphics Card you'll be using. But even that won't matter cause with the Fractal Design I'm almost sure you can remove a HardDrive cage to make room for very long video cards.

Honestly I think that case is a little overboard. Unless you plan on loading that thing up with a bunch of HardDrives in all the cages you can save yourself some case and go with something smaller.
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a b V Motherboard
January 4, 2014 3:06:35 PM

Really it should be OK. Yes the motherboard is small for a Full Tower but since your case has no Window that will not be seen after you build it. Plus you would have a good solid case if you upgraded in the future with a full ATX motherboard later. Personally I can't see building in anything smaller than a Full Tower. But then again I have a In Win Grone White edition with 8 3tb Hard Drive's and two SSD's so I really needed a case that could handle them.
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