Lenovo h520s PC case upgrade to ATX case or Micro ATX case

Hi

I'm in a bit of a situation with my Lenovo h520s in upgrading as I wish to upgrade to a bigger graphics card but the case is too small, and the psu wattage is too low, in order to get a new graphics card i would need a new psu with more wattage and in order to get a normal ATX psu i would need to upgrade the case to either a mATX case or an ATX case,

My concern is, I am not sure what type of Motherboard I have? I think it might be a micro ITX but i am not sure, here is the link to my PC: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410888,00.asp.I ran CPU Z on my PC and it says my mainboard is called "Lenovo Mahobay" I would also like to know if i could fit my motherboard in this chassis: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-033-AE&tool=5

Or this one: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-029-AE&groupid=2362&catid=2278

Or this one: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-302-CM&tool=5 I noticed on this one it supports mini itx, but I need to know if my Motherboard is mini itx or not!, Help me please

And if none of them do fit, what case can i buy thats big enougn for my needs.

Please reply ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you
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  1. Your motherboard model is ECS H61 MATX 1.0 95W MB @RTL8111F_A662® which is Micro-ATX (found in your Hardware Maintenance Manual here http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/ideacentre_h520s_hmm_20120627.pdf - direct PDF link) Most cases will accept a micro-ATX motherboard
  2. YOU ARE THE BEST THANKYOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Thanks for the answer been stressing about this for a month.
  4. C12Friedman said:
    Your motherboard model is ECS H61 MATX 1.0 95W MB @RTL8111F_A662® which is Micro-ATX (found in your Hardware Maintenance Manual here http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/desktop_pub/ideacentre_h520s_hmm_20120627.pdf - direct PDF link) Most cases will accept a micro-ATX motherboard


    will my I/O shield fit a standard ATX case?
  5. It should but that is an interesting question. For the most part the I/O shield size is standardized so I foresee no issues with the swap over
  6. C12Friedman said:
    It should but that is an interesting question. For the most part the I/O shield size is standardized so I foresee no issues with the swap over


    Would it fit this case? http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-235-CM&tool=5 I know you said it supports Micro ATX which is what i have, but I need to take it from a Professional.
  7. I would definately not classify as a professional athough I am rather adept at computers (been playing with them since keypunch in the 60's) but I will say you'll be fine choosing that case for the swap. Page 25 of the maintenance manual shows where your front panel connectors are one the motherboard; Front Audio Connector, Front USB Connectors, everything to connect the new case but as of yet, I cannot find a pinout diagram - it'll be printed on the motherbord though
    I'm also going to present this PSU as a very good upgrade option XFX Pro 550W Core Edition '80 Plus Bronze' reviewed here http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story3&reid=225 (linked to conclusion page) Beware of cheap PSU's, although tempting in price it is important to keep in mind that your entire computer relies upon good 'clean' power from it
  8. The case says it has a usb 3.0 connector header, would i have to leave that, or does my motherboard support USB 3.0?,

    And is that Power supply good for gaming. And just one more question i'm a little bit weary on the front panel connections, and where would i wire that front LED fan as it looks really good looking and i would like to wire that also, just don't want to screw anything up, Need it in a bit more depth if that's alright?,

    Thank you
  9. Oh and is my PCI e x16 slot long enough to handle a high end graphics card?
  10. Your motherboard does not provide for USB 3.0 and it appears CM does not include a USB 2.0 - USB 3.0 adapter with that case. You can either bundle up the USB 3.0 cables and tuck them away or, you can get an adapter so the front panel ports will work but as USB 2.0.
    That PSU is an excellent choice (IMO) for a gaming rig, Seasonic, who makes the PSU for XFX, is a highly reputable PSU manufacturer who offer good design and components in their PSU's (personal note: If I were ever to become a fanboy for any particular brand, it would be Seasonic PSU's)
    Although the front panel header looks to be standard, I'll look into it a little more just to be sure - at worst, I might need you to take a close up picture of the header
  11. KieranDavidW123 said:
    Oh and is my PCI e x16 slot long enough to handle a high end graphics card?


    The PCIe slot is not a problem, it's very standardized, the problems arise from the case design. The Enforcer case has a removable hard drive cage which makes room for even the largest of graphics cards so no problems there
  12. can you explain where the power switch, reset switch, hard drive LED go? sorry about all the questions its just, you are the person i have been trying to find!!!
  13. C12Friedman said:
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    Oh and is my PCI e x16 slot long enough to handle a high end graphics card?


    The PCIe slot is not a problem, it's very standardized, the problems arise from the case design. The Enforcer case has a removable hard drive cage which makes room for even the largest of graphics cards so no problems there


    can you explain where the power switch, reset switch, hard drive LED go? sorry about all the questions its just, you are the person i have been trying to find!!!
  14. KieranDavidW123 said:
    can you explain where the power switch, reset switch, hard drive LED go?

    That'll be the front panel pinout which I am still looking for - EliteGroup doesn't show that motherboard on their support site (not unusual) and the computer is new enough that the info isn't widely distibuted yet. In this case I think it would be easiest if you took a picture of the motherboard's front panel connector header (as close as possible while leaving any writing nearby in frame). I should be able to work from that. You can post to photobucket or... (I will need detail in the pic)

    On a side note, just something I came across while going through Lenovo's website, are you aware that swapping the case will void your warranty with Lenovo?
  15. Yeahh I know it would void the warranty but if it gets broken i'm more than likely gonna know what it is or if not i can send it to the computer store across the street, ok i will get that photo to you
  16. Ok
  17. C12Friedman said:
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    can you explain where the power switch, reset switch, hard drive LED go?

    That'll be the front panel pinout which I am still looking for - EliteGroup doesn't show that motherboard on their support site (not unusual) and the computer is new enough that the info isn't widely distibuted yet. In this case I think it would be easiest if you took a picture of the motherboard's front panel connector header (as close as possible while leaving any writing nearby in frame). I should be able to work from that. You can post to photobucket or... (I will need detail in the pic)

    On a side note, just something I came across while going through Lenovo's website, are you aware that swapping the case will void your warranty with Lenovo?

    Yeahh I know it would void the warranty but if it gets broken i'm more than likely gonna know what it is or if not i can send it to the computer store across the street, ok i will get that photo to you
  18. Ok now i have another problem that needs answering, does my motherboard have the right power ports to support regular front panel ports?, My sister wont let me use her camera, at the moment i am unable to get that picture
  19. C12Friedman said:
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    can you explain where the power switch, reset switch, hard drive LED go?

    That'll be the front panel pinout which I am still looking for - EliteGroup doesn't show that motherboard on their support site (not unusual) and the computer is new enough that the info isn't widely distibuted yet. In this case I think it would be easiest if you took a picture of the motherboard's front panel connector header (as close as possible while leaving any writing nearby in frame). I should be able to work from that. You can post to photobucket or... (I will need detail in the pic)

    On a side note, just something I came across while going through Lenovo's website, are you aware that swapping the case will void your warranty with Lenovo?


    It is all just one cable for the power switch and all that
  20. Have you gotten your case yet?
    Cables inside the case will be for Sound (possibly both HD and standard - you would use HD if available), USB 2.0 one connector splits into two USB cables to two ports, USB 3.0 cable (without an adapter, simply bundle up and tuck away) the connector is big and usually blue, there shouldn't be any issues identifying it, you'll get a motherboard speaker with the case (there will likely be no use for that, you can put it away)
    looks like that

    These are the connectors you are going to be most interested in
    In this picture the white wires are the - while the colored ones are the + it's only important for the led's - reset and power switches are momentary switches and don't care about polarity although if specified it should be followed
    last pic is my motherboard's front panel header
    (purposely you can't read the header labels) You'll notice the right below it there are corresponding markings - those are the header labels and explain which pins are used for what. Most all motherboards include this information printed on them next to the header - it may be a bit offset but it'll be there somewhere - following it you should be able to find homes for all of your connections - USB and Sound, same thing only easier
  21. C12Friedman said:
    Have you gotten your case yet?
    Cables inside the case will be for Sound (possibly both HD and standard - you would use HD if available), USB 2.0 one connector splits into two USB cables to two ports, USB 3.0 cable (without an adapter, simply bundle up and tuck away) the connector is big and usually blue, there shouldn't be any issues identifying it, you'll get a motherboard speaker with the case (there will likely be no use for that, you can put it away)
    looks like that

    These are the connectors you are going to be most interested in
    In this picture the white wires are the - while the colored ones are the + it's only important for the led's - reset and power switches are momentary switches and don't care about polarity although if specified it should be followed
    last pic is my motherboard's front panel header
    (purposely you can't read the header labels) You'll notice the right below it there are corresponding markings - those are the header labels and explain which pins are used for what. Most all motherboards include this information printed on them next to the header - it may be a bit offset but it'll be there somewhere - following it you should be able to find homes for all of your connections - USB and Sound, same thing only easier


    I counted the pins of my front panel connector and it adds up to 12 pins + 1 extra pin at the side will my motherboard take those front panel connectors? I will post up that photo later my sister will let me use her camera.
  22. 12 pins hmm, you just might have a place for the motherboard speaker after all... we shall see
  23. but there is none of those hard drive led connectors and power switch connectors and all that, it is just one connector for the front panel (power switch LED activity etc)
  24. C12Friedman said:
    Have you gotten your case yet?
    Cables inside the case will be for Sound (possibly both HD and standard - you would use HD if available), USB 2.0 one connector splits into two USB cables to two ports, USB 3.0 cable (without an adapter, simply bundle up and tuck away) the connector is big and usually blue, there shouldn't be any issues identifying it, you'll get a motherboard speaker with the case (there will likely be no use for that, you can put it away)
    looks like that

    These are the connectors you are going to be most interested in
    In this picture the white wires are the - while the colored ones are the + it's only important for the led's - reset and power switches are momentary switches and don't care about polarity although if specified it should be followed
    last pic is my motherboard's front panel header
    (purposely you can't read the header labels) You'll notice the right below it there are corresponding markings - those are the header labels and explain which pins are used for what. Most all motherboards include this information printed on them next to the header - it may be a bit offset but it'll be there somewhere - following it you should be able to find homes for all of your connections - USB and Sound, same thing only easier


    Here is the picture, That is the front panel connector, for the switch and hard drive activity


    http://s1351.photobucket.com/user/KieranDavidW123/media/IMG-20130503-00946_zps157c6158.jpg.html
  25. it doesn't have the markings on the side (- or +)?
  26. C12Friedman said:
    Have you gotten your case yet?
    Cables inside the case will be for Sound (possibly both HD and standard - you would use HD if available), USB 2.0 one connector splits into two USB cables to two ports, USB 3.0 cable (without an adapter, simply bundle up and tuck away) the connector is big and usually blue, there shouldn't be any issues identifying it, you'll get a motherboard speaker with the case (there will likely be no use for that, you can put it away)
    looks like that

    These are the connectors you are going to be most interested in
    In this picture the white wires are the - while the colored ones are the + it's only important for the led's - reset and power switches are momentary switches and don't care about polarity although if specified it should be followed
    last pic is my motherboard's front panel header
    (purposely you can't read the header labels) You'll notice the right below it there are corresponding markings - those are the header labels and explain which pins are used for what. Most all motherboards include this information printed on them next to the header - it may be a bit offset but it'll be there somewhere - following it you should be able to find homes for all of your connections - USB and Sound, same thing only easier


    Will the front panel connectors from the enforcer fit into my motherboards front panel header??, I'm really worried that it wont.
  27. C12Friedman said:
    Have you gotten your case yet?
    Cables inside the case will be for Sound (possibly both HD and standard - you would use HD if available), USB 2.0 one connector splits into two USB cables to two ports, USB 3.0 cable (without an adapter, simply bundle up and tuck away) the connector is big and usually blue, there shouldn't be any issues identifying it, you'll get a motherboard speaker with the case (there will likely be no use for that, you can put it away)
    looks like that

    These are the connectors you are going to be most interested in
    In this picture the white wires are the - while the colored ones are the + it's only important for the led's - reset and power switches are momentary switches and don't care about polarity although if specified it should be followed
    last pic is my motherboard's front panel header
    (purposely you can't read the header labels) You'll notice the right below it there are corresponding markings - those are the header labels and explain which pins are used for what. Most all motherboards include this information printed on them next to the header - it may be a bit offset but it'll be there somewhere - following it you should be able to find homes for all of your connections - USB and Sound, same thing only easier


    C12Friedman said:
    12 pins hmm, you just might have a place for the motherboard speaker after all... we shall see


    Here is my front panel header, (The black one), it doesn't have any indication of where things go or any + or - signs I'm really worried the case wont work..... http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/p781/KieranDavidW123/IMG-20130503-00946_zps157c6158.jpg
  28. Unfortunately the pic does not provide enough detail for me to help. No other pics I can find on-line either, but still looking.
    It's possible only one of the led connector labels specifies the positive side, they would expect you to infer which is positive on the other or it may say led (anode) for the positive side
  29. How will I connect the front panel cables, Will this whole case swap not even work??
  30. C12Friedman said:
    Unfortunately the pic does not provide enough detail for me to help. No other pics I can find on-line either, but still looking.
    It's possible only one of the led connector labels specifies the positive side, they would expect you to infer which is positive on the other or it may say led (anode) for the positive side


    How will I connect the front panel cables, Will this whole case swap not even work??
  31. Will this case swap not work now because of my motherboard front panel connections?
  32. It'll work - not to worry, just seems to be taxing my research abilities, it being so new and all
  33. sorry, don't mean to be so demanding, but do you know how I would connect the front panel connectors into my type of front panel header?, or is that the the thing you're researching?
  34. KieranDavidW123 said:
    ... do you know how I would connect the front panel connectors into my type of front panel header?, or is that the the thing you're researching?

    Yep, that's it, oooh, you've got the case then?
  35. :P, not yet, will have it in about a month. But I have a show to rehearse for, need to get this sorted out first!!
  36. C12Friedman said:
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    ... do you know how I would connect the front panel connectors into my type of front panel header?, or is that the the thing you're researching?

    Yep, that's it, oooh, you've got the case then?


    If the front panel header doesn't fit is there some sort of adapter?, Oh and how is it going with the researching? Any lck, let me know as soon as please!! :)
  37. Well, a little more luck but nothing I can say for sure yet, your connector only uses six wires which means there's only power and reset switches and (I'm going to guess) an HDD activity light (could be a power light) - you'll be able to bundle away the unused front panel cable. Their wire color scheme does not help either - I might have it... but you'll need to let me know if this is correct... you have a power light, and an HDD activity indicator light and a power switch but no reset switch... Is that correct?
  38. C12Friedman said:
    Well, a little more luck but nothing I can say for sure yet, your connector only uses six wires which means there's only power and reset switches and (I'm going to guess) an HDD activity light (could be a power light) - you'll be able to bundle away the unused front panel cable. Their wire color scheme does not help either - I might have it... but you'll need to let me know if this is correct... you have a power light, and an HDD activity indicator light and a power switch but no reset switch... Is that correct?


    Yes that is correct, does that mean I need to bundle away the reset switch cable?
  39. Nope, the motherboard has pins for the reset switch also (hopefully it'll function) but I found nothing for the motherboard speaker (that'll get put away I think) - anyway here's your pinout (colors used for simplicity)


    Red are HDD activity, bottom one is positive, Green is Power indicator, right one of those is positive, the yellow and blue are Reset and power respectively and have no polarity
    Whoohoo, you should be golden
  40. Yayy, Thanks for you're help, but what will happen to the other spare pins?
  41. Oh and couold you send me the link to that PSU plz
    :)
  42. KieranDavidW123 said:
    ...but what will happen to the other spare pins?

    lol, They'll be lonely and begin a new hobby of collecting dust but since they had nothing to do before...
  43. C12Friedman said:
    KieranDavidW123 said:
    ...but what will happen to the other spare pins?

    lol, They'll be lonely and begin a new hobby of collecting dust but since they had nothing to do before...


    Haha!
  44. Thx :), Got a youtube channel, I will subscribe to you? All this talk about my case I'm getting makes me wonder, what case do you have?
  45. 1) In-Win generic (Intel Pent D rig), 2) Rosewill Redbone (AMD B55 rig), 3) Rosewill Challenger (Intel i5 gaming rig) and my newest, a MountainMods UFO which won't be completed until later this year. There should be (I often forget to photo-document so no guarantees) a build log to go with that once it gets further as all wiring and many parts will be custom (one of my primary goals for that build is to have no wires/cables visible). Hopefully, it'll be a competition piece when completed
    At the moment, I don't have any You-tube downloads let alone a channel but now that you bring it up, that may be something to consider for my build log here - I'll have to look into that, thanks, hadn't even thought along those lines
  46. yeah i think you should make a youtube channel as you've helped me a lot here !
  47. Keep this thread open incase i run into any problems thx
  48. C12Friedman said:
    Nope, the motherboard has pins for the reset switch also (hopefully it'll function) but I found nothing for the motherboard speaker (that'll get put away I think) - anyway here's your pinout (colors used for simplicity)


    Red are HDD activity, bottom one is positive, Green is Power indicator, right one of those is positive, the yellow and blue are Reset and power respectively and have no polarity
    Whoohoo, you should be golden


    Just one more thing, Where would my hard drive go in the cm storm I think my optical drive would go into the front bit but I am not sure where the hard drive would go, Help?
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