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Old 03-18-2006, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Want to mod some of my DELL stuff to work with a new MOBO

right now i have a dell dimension 8200. the ram it supports is RDRAM so i want to change the mobo so i can use ddr.

How would i mod the case to get the mobo to fit correctly?

also, can i safely mod the DELL PSU for it to work too?

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Old 03-18-2006, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'd have to saw off the back, and make a new faceplate for it.

No, the PSU wouldn't work. Dell also likes to use strange size, proprietary PSUs, so good luck getting a new one to fit in.

Why not splurge for a new case?


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Old 03-18-2006, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i agree with macdud, the amount of time spent working on the case you could've easily saved up enough for a nice new case, and a psu.
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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you can probably mod the psu to work with the new mobo but its too much to bother if you ask me
dell 20pin atx layout: http://www.quepublishing.com/article...?p=339053&rl=1
standard 20pin atx layout: http://pinouts.ru/data/atxpower_pinout.shtml
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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and you will need a new OS. the dell ones only work and the mobo and cpu they come with.
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At teh 'egg you can get mid atx cases for as low as 30 shipped.

30 for case, 40 for motherboard=70 shipped.
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A new case is definitely the way to go, modding a dell case just to put a new mobo and new RAM in it seems a bit much, i'd just buy a new case and mobo from newegg or tigerdirect. While your at it you could get a new CPU too if ya have the money as i've only seen Dell's with intel chips, you should splurge, if you have the money, on a decent CPU by AMD, just get a new computer if you want it to be faster.

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