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What size motherboard is in my computer


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#1 Dako300

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:24 PM

I have a Dell Precision Workstation 530 MT and I would like to upgrade it but I cannot find a motherboard that is the same dimensions as the one I have now. I am wondering what motherboard size I can use for this computer. The dimensions I have gotten are 11.5 in across and 15.5 in down. 



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:15 AM

That model is 11 years old...and Dell has removed any support data that might have previously been posted.

 

It also seems to use Rambus memory...I'd just think about replacing it with something more modern, specs at http://www.geektweekllc.com/dell-precision-530mt-workstation/ .

 

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

That computer has a mid tower ATX case which supports Micro ATX and ATX motherboards.  I suspect that the ATX is going to be a tight fit.

 

Are you panning to reuse the CPU currently installed?

 

If you are intending to purchase a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM you will be making a sizable investment.  If I was making this purchase I would go ahead and build a new computer.

 

Another thing to be aware of is the fact that you will have to reactivate your XP operating system, this is going to require explaining why there has been a hardware change.

 

You are also going to have to reinstall the operating system.  When you change the motherboard the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

I dont use Windows XP, I use Ubuntu and I am ready to back up the data and re-install Linux if neccessary. Thank you for the information. Also, the only reason I am using this computer is because it has a lot of fans and a 500W PSU (Along with a lot of caddies for the HDD, DVD Drive, etc). No, I will use a new processor but I hope to use the same HDD. I think I can make a low-level system with parts on eBay for a decent price.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:41 PM

The case which I'm using has its third build inside.  I can relate with wishing to reuse good equipment.

 

Best of luck. :thumbup2:


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