Im looking for a case for my Dell Dimension 8200 and I know I have to find a case that supports the motherboard. What I need to know is how am I suppose to find something that fits this motherdaord when all I come up with is; Standard ATX 12" (W) x 9.6" (L), Baby AT, Micro ATX, ATX(Of Course). What exact motherboard compatibility am I looking for????
Thanks for the help guys.
You will have a little problem in that Dell does not attach thier motherboard in a standard fashion. Most motherboard attach to the case with 6 to 8 screws like the one holding your PCI cards in place. Dell uses a combination of slots on the motherboard and hooks on the case, with 2 screws holding it in place.
Whatever you do, DO NOT DRILL THE MOTHERBOARD!
The motherboard has several layers and will be damaged beyond repair if you drill.
Standard cases have a series of hole in prescribed place. A standard pattern. You can modify a case to allow the Dell motherboard to mate to it with much effort. This can be fun if you are looking for a project. It is not hard, you will just need to plan your modification before hand.
You will have to use a Dell power supply since they use a unquie power supply.
I would recommend you aquire a used ATX case to experiment on. Once you have it like you want it buy the case you want and transfer over measurements and modifity the new case. Make sure whatever case you go with can accommodate the riser on the Dell motherboard.
If you get stuck just call for help. We will be here.
Edited by acklan, 10 March 2006 - 04:55 PM.