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My mobo died, trying to go micro atx with my existing components

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January 16, 2010 1:32:34 PM

Hey everyone,

seems as though my GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L mobo has died. What I want to do is take my existing components and scrunch them down into a micro atx set up. My current components are as follows:

c2d e8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler (i know this might be too big, i have the stock cooler that came with the 8400 just in case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

lg dvd drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin ddr2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

seagate 640gb hdd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

xfx 9800gtx+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I will be using an antec 500w earthwatts PSU


I am looking at this mobo
ASUS P5KPL-CM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I have a couple of concerns:

1. my video card is freakin huge, but i know people have used 9800gtx's on that mobo

2. i need to make sure my ddr2 memory will work with that board, i can't get the link to work on asus' website though


The idea is that I keep using this as my main pc for the time being. A couple of years down the road when I build a new pc this one will become my htpc hooked up to the tv in the living room.

Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking and taking the time to help me out.



January 16, 2010 2:08:21 PM

The 2 big hurdles are your CPU cooler and GPU. The CPU cooler is most likely too tall, but you got it covered with a stock one. I'd be concerned with your GPU running into the HD cage. I recently picked up a cheap LinkWorld mATX case from a Micro Center for my wife's PC and the HD cage was suspended from the top and didn't run all the way down the front of the case. When I put her PC together I was thinking that her case could hold a larger GPU than my ATX mid tower. I couldn't find it on NewEgg, so I may have picked up an old model.
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