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Thread: BTX Motheboards
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posted August 30, 2009 01:23 PM

BTX Motheboards

So, in school, we're going to build a pc each, as a learning project as well as getting some experience and even getting a computer to do the software-ish work on. We're supposed to order all parts by ourselves, within a strict economic boundry, via the school.
So I've been looking into BTX-motherboards, and they seem really promising (I don't really see why they aren't standard motherboards), but I'm having trouble finding information about them... So if any one knows anything, I'd really appreciate some insight here.
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posted August 30, 2009 01:30 PM
Edited by TheDeath at 13:32, 30 Aug 2009.

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So I've been looking into BTX-motherboards, and they seem really promising (I don't really see why they aren't standard motherboards)
because the market works in mysterious ways.
Now seriously, it is because although they have better cooling, they were not backwards compatible and no one actually invested in them much.

People don't like change. It's as simple as that.

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but I'm having trouble finding information about them... So if any one knows anything, I'd really appreciate some insight here.
Here's a comparison between BTX and ATX. All I did was google, but of course for someone who doesn't know much, I can understand (don't blame you for it) because you also get crappy results (and you wouldn't know).

By the way I don't think a large heatsink on the CPU like mine would fit in a BTX case, due to the diamond shape, but I could be wrong.
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posted August 30, 2009 01:52 PM

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Now seriously, it is because although they have better cooling, they were not backwards compatible and no one actually invested in them much.

People don't like change. It's as simple as that.

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It was more of a rethorical statement... but any way, I know the general differences. I was looking for more detailed information. Like compatability, current cost and availability and such.
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posted August 30, 2009 02:55 PM

I haven't really kept up with modern computers. Things change so fast that whenever I buy one I start my research again. It's been about 15 years since I've built a computer from scratch. When building a comp from scratch, you need to do a lot more detailed research.

The first thing to check is if btx motherboards require a different case. And if they do, can you find the cases at a decent price? In my quick search I haven't been able to find out if they are compatible.

Also check if there are any other difference like power supply, connectors, cables, etc. I'm pretty sure they are the same, but you need to check if all the cards are compatible (i.e. sound card, video, etc)

Have you asked your teacher about BTX? One thing to remember is that the teacher is probably responsible for all the money that gets spent. And he/she probably wont let you make expensive mistakes.

And for the cost, you need to add up everything at once and see if it's close to the budget. If it's too expensive you need to find a way to reduce the cost. The total cost might make your decision for you about BTX.

Make a list if EVERYTHING you need first. This includes all the little things like cables, screws, power cords, fans, switches, etc. You have to make sure every one of them are compatible.

I can tell you from many years in engineering that thinking of EVERYTHING is the most important thing. So take a good look at a computer and look at every little thing inside and outside. Then ask yourself if it's something that might give a problem or cause some kind of compatibilty issue. If it "might" give a problem, then you need to check into it and find out for sure.



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