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#1 Shroomer

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 10:47 PM

would i b able to replace my dell's case, or is everything fitted just right for dell's cases only?

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 11:18 PM

You can... given that the motherboard's bolts have the same alignment on the other case.

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 11:55 PM

You can but you will have to modify the case. I have done it with Dell motherboards before but the way they attach it different. The use a narrow flat slot not a round hole. It case be done easily, just take your time
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Posted 14 November 2005 - 03:33 PM

You can... given that the motherboard's bolts have the same alignment on the other case.


thank you very much.

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Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:46 PM

Wait wait wait, Ive tried and tried with many dell motherboards nothing will connect right. Dont go through the waste of time just buy a new motherboard. Dell not only uses micro atx components, but they have all differen connectors. You wont be able to plug in any ide drives, or the power/reset switches.

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 03:47 PM

Wait wait wait, Ive tried and tried with many dell motherboards nothing will connect right. Dont go through the waste of time just buy a new motherboard. Dell not only uses micro atx components, but they have all differen connectors. You wont be able to plug in any ide drives, or the power/reset switches.


i dont know how to hook dells components up to other motherboards (i was told its not just plug and play. u have to change jumpers and bleep. which im not doin)

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:14 PM

Wait wait wait, Ive tried and tried with many dell motherboards nothing will connect right. Dont go through the waste of time just buy a new motherboard. Dell not only uses micro atx components, but they have all differen connectors. You wont be able to plug in any ide drives, or the power/reset switches.



Except for the power supply everything from the hard drives and CD\DVD to the RAM can be upgrade. I have over a dozen at the house and have upgraded many more. Dell uses a power supply unquie to thier computers and the motherboards fasten down alittle different, but they use industry standard componants. It should be something you want to do, not something you think you are going to save money at. I did it just because I wanted to see if it can be done. It can. If you look around I think someone makes an adapter for a standard PS from a Dell PS.
I thought it was a learning experince, and fun. If you like tinkering you will enjoy the time under the hood.
Off the shelf RAM, CPU, drives, and cards will work in every Dell. POST a question on what you need, or PM me direct. I help you with what you need and so will most members.

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:24 PM

Wait wait wait, Ive tried and tried with many dell motherboards nothing will connect right. Dont go through the waste of time just buy a new motherboard. Dell not only uses micro atx components, but they have all differen connectors. You wont be able to plug in any ide drives, or the power/reset switches.


so as i look for a case, am i looking for a micro atx mini tower? or does it not matter if its mid or mini? (i ask because my current is a mini)

Edited by Shroomer, 15 November 2005 - 04:41 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2005 - 07:58 PM

Yes, theyre smaller and cant be manuevered as much. Usually if your looking to go custom, you always go atx mid tower.

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 03:47 AM

At this point you should buy what you like. They will all have the same equipment slots inside, except that they will have a number of drive bays.
Shroomer prefers a tower I prefer a desktop. It's what fits your needs.
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