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Originally Posted by PhilWrir;15418080 
Im pretty sure BTX IS mATX but with the parts shuffled around(CPU socket for example).
But ive been wrong before.

"In the ATX case, if we have the front of the case facing you, we have that the motherboard installed on the right side and the left part is "empty", that is, it is the space used for the cables and the installation of boards. In the BTX case there will be the exact opposite. The closed side (where the motherboard is installed) is the left one, and the empty one (for cables, installation of boards, etc) is the right one.

Due to these difference, BTX motherboards cannot be installed in ATX cases, neither can ATX motherboards be installed in BTX cases."

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Unfortunately they're not. If you look at a BTX board, you'll see everything is basically backwards.

Perhaps if you modded a ATX case...flipped the motherboard tray and everything around...I guess it could be possible? But then you'd have to mod the back of the case with holes and such for your graphics and I/O plate...at which point its not even worth it for such a crappy old board.

Boards are cheap now days anyways, you can probably find a used mATX board for pretty cheap.
    
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I had an Optiplex something or other and it was ATX. My dad has a Optiplex GX80 (I think) and that is ATX as well.
    
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post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir;15418109 
Well, I know BTX was supposed to replace ATX because of heat and power concerns about the ATX design, and I know it is compatible with the VAST majority of ATX factor products.
Seeing as it was supposed to get rid of ATX it stands to reason it would be as similar as possible to encourage people to adopt it. And the Screw holes look right for an mATX factor.

Interesting thanks!

One big concern is that a normal atx case/mobo is on the right panel but the dell has the mobo one the left panel. any ideas about that?
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post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Allen86;15418120 
"In the ATX case, if we have the front of the case facing you, we have that the motherboard installed on the right side and the left part is "empty", that is, it is the space used for the cables and the installation of boards. In the BTX case there will be the exact opposite. The closed side (where the motherboard is installed) is the left one, and the empty one (for cables, installation of boards, etc) is the right one.

Due to these difference, BTX motherboards cannot be installed in ATX cases, neither can ATX motherboards be installed in BTX cases."

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Unfortunately they're not. If you look at a BTX board, you'll see everything is basically backwards.

Perhaps if you modded a ATX case...flipped the motherboard tray and everything around...I guess it could be possible? But then you'd have to mod the back of the case with holes and such for your graphics and I/O plate...at which point its not even worth it for such a crappy old board.

Boards are cheap now days anyways, you can probably find a used mATX board for pretty cheap.

Good catch.
OP, disregard what I said.
Looks like I was wrong.
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Dude, BTX is NOT going to work in an ATX case. Don't listen to these guys.
    
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Dude, BTX is NOT going to work in an ATX case. Don't listen to these guys.

Have you personally tried a BTX board in a ATX case?
    
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Why would I bother trying something that I know that doesn't work? That's like a retarded kid trying to shove the triangle in the opening for the circle block.

Sure, if you mod the hell out of a ATX case, you can get it to work, but what would the point be to chop up a perfectly good ATX case to house a old, out dated, dead BTX form factor?
    
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post #18 of 19
BTX and ATX are not compatible. Everything on BTX is facing the wrong way and BTX boards don't even go on the same side of the case.

It's blatantly obvious from one look at a BTX board that it's not going to work.

Also, you don't want a new BTX case even if you can find one. BTX is dead and a BTX case is a waste of money.
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post #19 of 19
lol @ BTX!!!

DELL and I think some HP.

Dell optiplex line. I have 2 BTX hanging on my wall.
the IO area is at the top... if you want to call it the top. I think the last supported socket for BTX was 775. It is possable to have a q9550 BTX but I think that is the best you could do. That's the Optiplex 780. So funny, most BTX use cpu coolers that have fans that are detached. 1 fan in the entire system and it blows from the front of a case -through the cpu cooler... lol
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