Question about board and case size

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I looked up on newegg, it seems there are 3 sizes of ATX now, FULL, MID and Micro. And for mother board, there are micro board and regular board.

So I assume, Micro board is for micro ATX, regular board is for FULL and MID ATX?

Also will a 4870 card fit in a mid ATX?
 
Since you're looking at a gaming card (HD 4870), I'n guessing this will not be an HTPC. You should get a regular ATX board (and a full-tower or mid-tower case with good cooling). Leave the smaller boards for HTPCs.

BTW, what kind of CPU do you want? I can help you find a good MB if you know what kind you want - X58 (for i7 CPUs), LGA775 (for Core 2 duals or quads), AM3, AM2?
 

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I am looking at phenom II 940, I dont need crossfire, 1 PCI express is good enough.
I assume 940 is AM2+ socket, so I need a AM2+ socket board. I am also looking at 8 GB DDR2 memory at 800 or 1066. Not sure 1066 is going to be noticeable improvement over 800.
 
Something like this, maybe:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387

It supports the Phenom II 940 without needing a BIOS update, according to this:
http://tw.giga-byte.com/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport_Model.aspx?ProductID=3038#anchor_os

I like that it's also compatible with AM3 CPUs, which means you have a chance to replace the CPU later if you want.

At current prices, you might as well get DDR2-1066, even if the improvement over DDR2-800 is small. This one is good, for example. I even found a reviewer at Newegg using it with that MB.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166