Solved Motherboard Upgrade Case Compatibility

April 12, 2014 at 02:51:29
Specs: Windows 8.1, Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 5200+, 2.60 Ghz / 4GB
Hi there.

Well... after years of loyal service, I've decided it's best for me to upgrade my motherboard and CPU than to purchase a brand new computer.

The thing I'm lacking in knowledge is whether my new motherboard will fit in my case.

My current motherboard is M2V-TVM. I'm planning to upgrade to H81M-E.

I'd appreciate any help.

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.

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April 12, 2014 at 04:53:15
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The boards are both microATX motherboards so the screw holes SHOULD be in the same places. The boards are different sizes by a fairly small amount which SHOULD be fine in any standard ATX/mATX case. If the case it possibly a non-standard case (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc) then it might be an issue. Since you did not list the case, we cannot tell.
Other considerations:
Does your case use standard ATX power supplies? If not, especially if you are planning on a gaming level graphics card, you should seriously consider upgrading the case as well.
While on the graphics card, if you are considering any of the larger high power graphics cards, make sure there is sufficient room for it and the case has sufficient cooling for the extra cooling load (at least a 120mm exhaust fan, one should be fine).
Note that your case is going to have only USB 2.0 front ports, if you will need the newer USB 3.0 ports (external hard drives, flash drives, etc), you will need to add a front port to an existing 5" front bay (assuming it has a spare spot).
Memory and other components will need to be upgraded as well.

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April 12, 2014 at 08:01:09
Thanks for replying.
I wish I could tell what's my case (funny little word-play, that) but I have no idea how to find out. No doubt it's custom, big and has a carrying handle.
As for power supply, I've recently had the PSU replaced, as the previous one died on me. It's a fairly basic 500W PSU.
I am concerned should the power/restart switch on the front panel, won't be compatible with the new motherboard or will it?
When it comes to graphics, I'm a really low-profile user and planning to fetch a GeForce 210 DDR3 1024MB graphic card. It carries a passive heat sink, while my case has a chassis fan.
Appreciate your remarks about the RAM and USB ports.

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