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Ok, this may sound a bit unusual, but does anyone know what kind of mobo an Xbox 360 uses? I mean, is it mini Atx, mini Itx, something else entirely, what? I'm wondering because I'm interested in getting a motherboard of comparable size, if not a bit smaller.

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Ok, this may sound a bit unusual, but does anyone know what kind of mobo an Xbox 360 uses? I mean, is it mini Atx, mini Itx, something else entirely, what? I'm wondering because I'm interested in getting a motherboard of comparable size, if not a bit smaller.

 

Micro ATX, but that is just in size. The true for factor of an Xbox 360 is proprietary, so you can't buy something exactly similar to that mobo.

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Micro ATX, but that is just in size. The true for factor of an Xbox 360 is proprietary, so you can't buy something exactly similar to that mobo.

 

Oh, yeah, I know that. I was just wondering, in terms of size, what the Xbox mobo was most similar to. Thanks for the answer!

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The original Xbox 360 had a motherboard slightly wider than an mATX motherboard, but the newer slim 360s should have a slightly smaller one. Still, like Tjj226 said, an mATX motherboard would be the closest comparable PC one.

 

The question is, why do you want a similar-sized motherboard for your PC? Is it just a space issue with where the computer would go or trying to build an Xbox 360-like PC?

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I see one of two things happening now:

 

- pc in an xbox shell

- xbox in a small pc case for greater airflow but not compromising on size

 

I am hoping its the former :happy:

 

You are most perceptive, sir. It is indeed the former...AND the latter! The airflow on my 360 sucks, and the system will glitch out or shut down after a long gaming session (if any of you play Skyrim, you know how long that can be). I kept thinking to myself that it would be really nice if the Xbox case had better airflow, or if I could water-cool it. I'm REALLY new to the idea of water-cooling a normal PC, so the thought of trying to water-cool an Xbox is a daunting one to me to say the least (I know it can be done, and done well, but I also know my limitations). So, in a search for ideas, I started looking around on the internet, and came up with the following scenario:

 

Take the Xbox 360 out of the box, so to speak, and place it in a real PC case that offers better airflow. I like the looks of the New Alienware X51 gaming PC, and I'd love to get my hands on one of their cases. A few mods and I'd have an Xbox that is also heart-stoppingly beautiful. But, since the X51 case doesn't seem to be widely available yet - YET - I'll have to go with another small form factor PC case. I'm open to suggestions.

 

But, then I thought, heck, I'll have an empty Xbox 360 case laying around, and it would be a shame to just toss it out. A little more digging, and I found a few PCs that had been built into 360 cases. I also found a host of other mods that had me drooling, but that's a whole other story. Anyway, I thought, why not build my brother a PC in the Xbox shell, since he doesn't have a PC of his own, and the coolness factor alone would make him giggle like a little girl?

 

So, since Stonerboy is too perceptive for his own good ;) and has outted me, exposing my diabolical plans to the world, let's just open this up to a chat. Tell me what you think - suggestions, thoughts, specs, comments, etc.

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Nice after posting I actually thought to.myself it might be both.

 

Now in regards to watecooling the xbox there are plenty of kits going around and I do beleive frozencpu stocks one (although they may also only be stocking the upgraded, thermaltake I beleive, air cooling solution).

Cases well I like some of the fractal cases they are very clean but by no means showy like the alienware case. I am sure you'll get more than a few suggestions shortly.

 

Back to the 360 shell tho. Anything you get for it will not be able to take a pci card (unless you go for a very serious bit of modding and use a flexible ribbon adapter from the pci slot).

 

My suggestion instead of a pc for your brother is instead jow the xbox shell into a htpc if you dont audrey have one. There are plenty of small form factor mobos with inbuilt apus ect that would perform perfectly.

 

Would the htpc idea be a possibility? Because I am sure your brother would love to be able to get some more out of a pc. Granted the brgging rights are nice

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well i just measured the board for you. its 11x9 and it does not fit into a ATX as the normal holes do not match. the original xbox did. i had fun putting that into a pc case.

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Putting the Xbox inside anything else can be a bit more challenging than you think. I was trying too figure out how to put my PS3 inside an old case I have, and the problem I kept coming up with where that all the wires were too short. I do not mean to discourage you, but you may want to take another look at what you are dealing with before you dive right in.

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