ATX vs mATX format - new upgrade Tags: Motherboards PCI ATX Last response: February 17, 2010 8:11 PM in Motherboards Share Rhezuss February 17, 2010 6:03:17 PM Hi all, I'm looking to upgrade soon to a new AM3 CPU and motherboard. I already have 4gb od DDR2-800 so I won't go fetch DDR3 for now. So i'm looking for a new motherboard. All I need is 2 PCI slots, one for my SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeGamer and one for my D-Link wireless card. In my shopping, i've seen many boards with many formats. ATX and mATX are ones i'm looking for. But is there any downside going with micro ATX? What I need / do: - 2 PCI slots - AMD 785G and up - No overclocking - Play games, watch movies/series and work with AutoCAD for most of the time I saw many mATX boards with the PCIe 1x between the PCIe 16x and the first PCI slot, which leave the 2 PCI slots clear to be used and sometimes those small format boards go cheap! Thanks a bunch all! More about : atx matx format upgrade capt_taco a b V Motherboard February 17, 2010 8:11:04 PM Basically, get mATX if that's all that can fit in your case, or if saving a few bucks is really important. Otherwise, I wouldn't, unless you like having space constraints. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumNew ~1000 gaming build, still some questions (like mATX vs ATX ) ForumChange from Atx to mAtx for HTPC, Mb and CPU ForumMATX vs . ATX --- cases ForumMATX vs ATX for gaming build ForummATX vs ATX , New system build?s ForumPlease help! struggling to select build components for micro atx ForumATX v mATX ForumATX vs . mATX ForumNew build, memory advice, etc for x79 m-atx . ForumForm Factors: matx ,eatx, atx , fatx ForumI5-2500 build mAtx or Atx ? ForumAMD or Intel for mATX Photoshop Workstation ForumMATX build help ForumStrange Boot situation on Z77 Forum[Solved] Suggested mobo upgrade ForumUpgrade for Iris8-GL6 motherboard. ForumIntel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3 00GHz upgrade ForumHow do you format a solid state drive ? ForumSystem crashed after 2gb Corsair upgrade... Forum1366 socket mATX motherboards? More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !