I wanted to buy a bigger case for my computer so I can upgrade my psu and get a full size graphics card will my motherboard fit inside any standard case?
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I am trying to put another hard drive in this dell opitplex 260x of mine. It is becoming nothing but a pain in the rear cause the case uses them stupid green sliders and the case is too small. Could I use another computer case like remove all the parts and transfer them over to the other case.
say a case like this
thats a nice case but if ur willing to blow that kind of money i would get this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144089 its a full tower so lots of room or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 this one has some of the best airflow and fan capabilities i would buy this one if u have the money
or if ur low on cash get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208021 which is really beautiful and cheap (recomend if u dont got cash lol)
hello i would like to know if can do a case transfer on a dell inspiron 660s to a vostro 200 case, i have been looking all over but it seems that they both have the same form factor Micro-Atx so i wanted to know before i try and attempt it or spend the money on it.
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You can access the manual of both the system on our Dell Support site, which will give you the dimensions for the case.
If you have any other query, please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id.
I bought my Dell Vostro 3800 ST almost 2 years ago, sadly I didn't really do my research before I bought it, and it turns out, card that came with it wasn't really great for gaming and it's nearing the end of it's life.
So I'm planning to buy proper card, but my tower is waaay to slim to fit in it comfortably.
So my question is, will I be able to take my motherboard to another, non-Dell case? If so, what type of case would be good? I did try to find online, what type of motherboard it is, but if there's an answer to that question, I can't find or understand it.
I'd be grateful for any help provided :)
It's more or less a micro-ATX board so it will likely fit a standard case. That said, wiring the power switch, hard drive LEDs, etc. will be difficult - they're not standard and it may be a lot of trial and error to make work.1 more replies
I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. When I press the power button, the power button light turns amber, I hear some fans spinning, and the CD drive spinning. However, it never gets to the boot screen (or any screen). If I open the case and press the power button, however, the power button turns green and the computer works fine (loads all the way up and functions like normal). If I close the case after it has started, it continues to run fine. I'm guessing / hoping it's not the mother board or power supply that has directly gone bad... but maybe there is a connection or something? that changes from when it's closed to when it's open. I've heard of something like... the motherboard is shorting out by touching the case... but I'm not really sure where to look for that / how. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
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hi all ,
i have a desktop
i changed my broken case to a new case like
i removed the HDD and the motherboard and the CD-rom ..etc and installed them to a new case
but when i press the switch button it works normally , and the screen display normally and there are no beeps , but after like 20 second my computer turns off automatically ! ,
what may cause this issue ?
could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?
I have a dell dimension 4700.
I needed a 3pin to 4pin connector for my heatsink on my video card.
My local hardware store doesnt sell these individually so I have to buy a case fan that had one with it. $10, no big deal. Anyways...
This is my case fan on my dell... Link
This is the one I bought... Link
Is the dynex case fan better then the dells? Thought my computer knowledge is somewhat good, I know little about case fans
Hey guys, I have a Dell XPS 8100. I've had it a while and I believe is out of warranty (Assuming the warranty I had was 1 year).
I'm proper sure there's something wrong with my heat sink, it's not keeping my CPU perfectly cool. I installed a new PSU with a bit more wattage but that shouldn't affect the temp of my CPU. I may of knocked my heatsink I was inspecting it the other day as I installed the new PSU.
A few hour's ago I heard my machine's fans spinning up really quickly, I opened up RealTemp to get the temperature and they shot up from around 30C to around 65C in a matter of seconds, I shut the PC down straight away, and started it up again a minute later. Seems alright.
After re inspecting my heat sink it is no longer being held down firmly, I cannot seem to remove it from the motherboard. As far as I'm aware it might be attaching onto the other side of the motherboard, however I cannot open the other side of my case to get to it to have a look, it doesn't have any screws. A friend told me it was soldered closed, and I can't get into it and that Dell sometimes do this to stop you messing around with your PC.
Is this right?
Below is a picture of the case, the screws on the left are the ones I can't seem to be able to remove. If they are indeed screws, they're just sort of circular holes.
And this is the heatsink I have t... Read more
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Can anyone shed some light on it being possible or not to replace my old DELL Case with a newer one (preferably a coolermaster case)
I've heard that they make their own parts, including motherboards, so they are made to fit a particular casE?
I would like to get a new case and my current Dell one is badly damaged and not very appealing to the eye.
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I have a Standard ATX Gigabyte Motherboard. And I would like to buy a Dell XPS 410 case only. Does anyone know if my motherboard will fit this case? I found different answer searching online, some say yes, others no.
Any help would be great! Thanks.
I would say "NO" too... why buy a Dell case? If you plan to buy a standard ATX motherboard you will have to go mid tower or full sized generic ATX tower. What's wrong with a micro ATX motherboard?
OK. I had to replace my case for my dell xps 625. Long story. When I swapped cases I went to a Cooler Master HAF 932. The swap went mostly smooth till it came to wiring the master io board for the power/reset/had led. I can't find a pin out anywhere and I don't know where to wire the the connections for the power switch. Also when I boot up the machine with the on button on the mobo the cpu fan runs at 100% the others are connected to a controller. It boots and beeps and nothing comes up on the screen. It did boot up once to windows and now it won't. So I need help with several things. I need help with the master io mobo connection wiring, cpu fan running at 100% and also why it's not booting to windows.
Dell xps 625.
Amd phenom II 3.0 quad.
8 gig ram.
ATI radeon 4850 X2 in cross fire.
Mobo part number is OP927G.
Thanks I'm advance.
I just picked up a Thermaltake Armor MX VH8000BWS ATX Mid Tower Case, and was wondering would a Dell xps motherboard would fit in it? I have not tried yet but asking before i do it. I heard that dell motherboards only fit in dell cases
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ok, so i looked at the comparison of the ATX vs BTX cases with the kit, and on the back of my Dell case it looks like a ATX motherboard case, but it is really BTX. Any clues?
THAT IS THE COMPARISON IMAGE
Any clues about what?
I have a heat sink fan that is close to its end of life. I bought a replacement and attempted to open the case to replace the old fan but after removing all of the screws the case seems to be held along the back by some mysterious fastener. While I would love to replace this noisy fan, I don't want to destroy the computer doing so. Any advice on opening this model?
It's a B 120 ...typo in the subject line. I do think the 120 and 130 have basically the same case.
Dell B120 / B130 is the laptop type.
I hope this helps Make sure you check each link, and who knows there's something you are looking for
Sorry if this is a really lame question, but I have almost no experience with computer hardware.
I just bought a new Dell Optiplex 780 to run a sound system in a theater, and I need to transfer the sound card from the old computer to the new (for reference, its a Delta M-Audio Audiophile 2496), but the new Dell came in a low profile case, and the card doesn't fit.
So the best option seems to be to just buy a cheap (20-30 dollar) full size case and transfer the computer wholesale over so the PCI card fits, but I've been told that the style of case matters.
Any suggestions as to a good case at a cheap price that the components will fit in properly would be greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately you can't. These are proprietary Dell designs and they do not fit any standard case on the market.
So you need to use either a USB sound card, a half-height sound card, or buy a different computer.
I have a dell Dimension 3000 that I put some money into and I want to put it into a nice new case.
I was told the The Cabinet form factor is Micro tower/Mini tower.
and the motherboard is standard micro atx motherboard form factor.
But I don't no.
Can someone please link me to some cases that my dell will fit into.
I want one with fans/lights maybe a temp gauge.
Thank you so much
I been wanting to do this for a long time
It will fit into any mid to full tower case, and probably some cases designed for micro atx. In short, nearly any case you find on newegg.com will work.
How do I open Dell optiplex gx270 case
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The GX 280 has a silm case which has 250w PSU, 2.4Ghz cpu, 2G ram and 250G hard. I buy a tower ATX case to swap the silm case with 500w PSU. I tried but M/B doesn't fit for ATX case. The M/B doesn't have the power connector to switch. It looks like to need a lot of modification. Anyone try to replace the case with ths model?
"It looks like to need a lot of modification"...
What needs modification, the front panel wires, USB/Audio connections? How may PCI connectors does the Dell GX280 motherboard have? 2 or 3?
Ref Dell Dimension 8100 - Need a manual or instructions on how to open RIGHT side of case. Need to change CD-ROM drive.
here you go m8 .. this should have everything you need
Hi, I have a dell Optiplex 755 which refuses to let me into the case.
I'm not aware it has ever been locked (although that facility is there).. and i certainly don't have any keys for it.
I have tried pretty much everything other than smashing a hole in its side to get into the case but the clasp which releases the side panel refuses to budge.
Has anyone out there come across this problem and found a way of getting into these cases. I have opened these types before without trouble..!
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As the title says, I was wondering if it was possible to switch the case of a Dell 537s to a normal sized case. I just got a new full sized graphics card, and stupidly I forgot that my computer was a slim. Anyway, I haven't done anything custom to the computer, so it has all the basic things it came with. I looked on another site somewhere, and a guy said that Dell configures their computers specifically to each case, so switching this model is impossible. I'm hoping to get a second opinion on that statement. If there's any information that's necessary to see if this is possible, I'll post it.
I just purchased a used Dell dimension 8100, I want to open the box to install a PCI card but it does not have any screws holding the case and I can not find where the clips are. Any help is appreciated.
This is how to open the 8200 case,I`m thinking it might be only one button for yours.-
"You open the case by laying it on its side, pressing two buttons, and folding it open like a book.We found it awkward to simultaneously press two large release buttons and lift the case open, and we encountered some uncomfortable resistance in swinging it all the way open."
*sob* why do all technicians for dell not seem to understand english? I thought they were doing something to bring tech support back to the us.
Ok - you know how the case fan sits in a black tray with a green hood and slides into the slots on the back of the case?
Can a generic fan be attached in there somehow? The current one is fastened into the little tray with these rubber things that don't seem to want to pull off.
Why couldn't they use regular ol' screws?
Why why why why why?!!!
Thanks. lol Back to Amit-but-you-can-call-me-dave....
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Is there a Dell Manual for the motherboards they make? Thats all I need
I took apart this DELL and put it in a new case, suprisingly it was a microATX in a desktop case. So I was glad I could use my extra case.
I dont have a manual for the dell nor do I think they gave me one ever (2 years old approx.).
Its a Dimension 3000 P4 2.8Ghz. I dont know if there is any way to find information on where the plugs go or not but I figure Id ask.
The plugs are colorized so the USB is easy to find, dont know about the audio entirely where each one goes (I can play with that).
I compared the wires I took out with the on/off switch and put the Power Plug into that switch but it doesnt work. I tried a bunch of different spots, i think i just have the wrong spot..
By the way, the DELL is working, and the case/psu is working.
Well Dell motherboards are only designed to be put into Dell cases using Dell connectors, so heres probably the best information you will get. Theres a layout of the motherboard in the manual.
Dell 2350 case How do you open it? Looking at the back it has rivits
instead of screws on 3 sides. I don't want to drill out the rivits so there
must be a way to get into it without tearing it up. How do I do that.
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I need help opening my Dell case. I have tried absolutely everything! email me! Thanks so much! Oh the serial number on the case is BB2BM01
What model numbe is your Dell? You should be able to go to Dell's web site and navigate to your model. There should be instructions there as to how to open the case.
My friend's HD recently died, and he wanted me to replace it with a new one, but I can't open his computer; how do I open Dell Dimension 4700 cases? It doesn't have any screws, I'm sure there is some way to open it, but I don't know how. Any help would be very appreciated.
if it's the same as a demension 2300, there's a plastic tab on the back of the case, push the tab down then push the left side panel towards the back, this opens the case
Okay so I have a dell xps 420, don't really want to replace much besides my gfx card, bump up from 4gbs to 8gbs of ram and obviously up my psu wattage to handle to upgrades. I don't want to replace my quad core q6600 cpu yet but I do want to overclock to about 3.0ghz. Obviously you can't overclock the cpu, or any part for that matter, in dells without physically altering the chip because of the bios limitations. My question is, when I transfer these parts into a new case with a new mobo, will I then be able to overclock the cpu?
Putting the computer in a new case will not make a difference, but changing the motherboard will let you overclock. Before you do any overclocking, make sure you have a decent CPU cooler. The stock one probably will not be able to handle much of an overclock.
I'm trying to speed up a slug of a crappy computer at work. I've determined it needs a ram upgrade in a big way (runs 128 pc133 should run 256 pc3200) but I can't get the case open. Like the title says, Dell Dimension 2300. There is no online or downloadable manual at Dell's support website. Someone here must know what I'm up against. I remove the thumb screw on the back of the side panel and the side panel starts to slide off like a normal side panel, but only goes about 2mm. I don't see any other retainers holding it back. I was thinking the sawsall might cut a hole big enough to trade ram chips, and create a cool side window
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Can someone please explain to me how to open my Dell Demension E310 Computer case? I seem to have lost my owner's manual.
on the newer Dells they have a black lever on the top at the back. if you push or pull it to the back of the machine the side will just open up.
Q: Is it possible to change the case of a Dell C521 to allow for full height add-on cards?
A: Yes, it's possible, but not recommended.
That's the short answer, so here's the long version. My neighbour wanted to upgrade the video on his Dell C521, and purchased a full height video card not knowing that the C521 only fits half height cards. The preferred method would have been to purchase a Sapphire X1600 Pro HDMI which is about the fastest half height card at the moment. Since he was stuck with his new card I recommended a new case. The caveat is that the C521 is a micro BTX motherboard so you are limited to strictly BTX cases.
The case I recommended was the Antec BK640B viewable here: http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=01640
The case is silver and black and the front grill is lit up with a blue led and looks pretty nice for a reasonably priced BTX case. The power supply is only 380W, which is more than the stock C521 power supply, but keep that in mind when upgrading your system. It's enough for a mid-range video card, but don't expect to add extra drives, memory and high end video to this supply. You'd be better off starting from scratch with a new build.
Disassembling the Dell was not too difficult, but there are several aspects about their design that makes this case swap far from perfect. If you're unwilling or unable to do some custom work, don't bother reading on. Sell your Dell and upgrade to a new system. If y... Read more
And if you bought a new notherboard, then you would need a new version of Windows (as the Dell is BIOS locked to the Dell Motherboard), probably new RAM, Video, PSU, ... in other words a new PC.
Brand name PC's are not really upgradeable as you note. Mainly (in terms of non-case or HDD/RAM) as that just increases the calls to the makers service center, so by limiting what you can do it saves that traffic and (ironically) means the stock system is actually very reliable and stable, since you really can't "fiddle".
I am starting to get concerned about my new Dell Dimension 8400 getting hot, doesn't seem to be much in the way of airflow. The whole Intel processor is all new to me...usually an AMD chick, but I got a good deal. Anyway...would it void my warrantee if I put mobo, dvd, & HDD etc. into a different case with more fans to improve airflow? Has anyone else done this? Just curious.
Intel Pentium IV 3.6GHz
160Gb SATA HDD
ATI Radeon X850 XT PE PCIe (256 memory)
I don't know if it would void Dell's warranty or not (although I think it well might!), but if you were going to do all that anyway why didn't you assemble your own machine in the first place?6 more replies
I have a 2 year old (2002) Dell Dimension 8100. The rear case fan (only fan) has ended its own life. I went to Dell to purchase a replacement and was robbed of $22 for what should have only cost about $8. However, one month later I have still not received the fan and have been forced to start looking elswhere.
Problem is, I am not sure where to look. Does anyone have good resources for sites that tell you what fans are compatible with certain systems (and possibly sells such fans)? Or has anyone already purchased a good replacement that they would suggest?
Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.
mostlikely any 80mm fan would work.
I want to get the HD 4870 from Radeon but im afraid it might not fit my Dell E520 case.
Preferably, this card is the one im looking to get.
Will this fit my system?
If not, then will this one?
If you happen to own a E520 case or know from past research or something, please tell me!
Before you go and buy such a card; make sure that:
1. You have the correct slot
2. You have enough power
These two are a definite must. I can not seem to find the specs of the motherboard supplied in the e520, but have you any idea which motherboard it is, and if it supports PCI e2.0 ?
If you do not know your power specifications, please look in the thread in my signature and follow the power supply step .
It might also be a wise idea to measure your case if you are worried about space needs . Newegg lists the size LxWxT typically for their products.
I've been trying to remove the case on this Dell E773s CRT Monitor and am officially stuck. I removed the obvious 2 screws and can loosen and somewhat pull out the left, right and bottom sides of the case. But, that friggin' top side does not want to budge. Anyone familiar with this monitor or Dell monitors in general? Anyone have an idea what the trick is to loosening that top side? I hate hate HATE how engineers have the habit of hiding catches, screws and obstacles in general that prevent case removal on ANY product so that we will break them and subsequently need to buy a new whatever.
I've already tried inserting screw drivers there in the top seam to hopefully pry apart the case, but no dice.
I remember a couple of months back I had a hard time opening up one of those HP All-In-One computers ... and that was WITH the so-called official HP removal instructions that I managed to Google up.
But, with this Dell monitor I have had no luck Googling up anything remotely resembling back case removal instructions.
Some CRT's have a RF shield around that area. It's like copper fingers sliding into a screen mesh. Be careful as there is a chance for HIGH voltage inside any CRT. And a bad place to be prying with a screwdriver!
I've been thinking about upgrading a machine I have sitting around. (It won't be used as my main workhorse but a good secondary device.)
Will a Gigabyte MicroATX mobo fit in a Dell 2400 case?
Thanks for any advice you can give.
To be honest I doubt it. Dells use all sorts off odd layouts. The one you have looks OK but I am not 100% on it and I don't think that any one will be able to give you a yes or no answer. It is something that is hard to find out.
I know that sounds like a ridiculous question.
I was looking for parts to upgrade the Dell Dimension c521 my parents basically didn't want anymore, so I could use it for gaming. But my hopes of gaming on an upgraded machine were squashed when I realized it has a very slim case, and the good GPUs I was thinking of getting for it wouldn't fit inside the case.
Is there any way I could physically modify the part of the case that comes off to make it wider, so I can fit normally sized GPUs (like the nvidia GeForce 9800 GT specifically) inside it?
Or, alternatively, how hard is it to just get a new case, heat sink, and PSU, and just move all the components from my c521 into it, then get a new GPU?
Keep in mind, I will probably not be getting a new computer anytime soon, and I really am only willing to spend $300 on a new GPU. It runs XP and has 2gb of RAM, and a perfectly decent CPU (athlon 64 x2 at 2GHz, which would be fine if I had a decent GPU).
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My sister has a refurbished Dell Optiplex GX240. 256mb RAM, some form of P4 and a 40GB hard drive.
For christmas she wants is 'made quicker' so I am going to get some SD RAM (probably 512mb in additon to the 256 she has to make 768mb). But she also wants a TFT screen as the 17" CRT she has is ancient and is starting to make weird noises. To be as good as her brother she wants a 19" 1440x900 screen that her little 32mb ATI graphics card would die at after loading the BIOS...
Simple fix, get a decent graphics card. Problem: The expansion slots are like half the width of normal ones. Is it possible to get her a proper (ATX or mATX) case that has full-size expansion slots for a decent graphics card that the Dell's motherboard, processor and hard drive would fit in and work correctly?
I know it might seem stupid but I've only ever built custom builds and don't know if there's anything different to prebult computers such as Dells...
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I want to get the HD 4870 from Radeon but im afraid it might not fit my Dell E520 case.
Preferably, this card is the one im looking to get.
Will this fit my system?
If not, then will this one?
If you happen to own a E520 case or know from past research or something, please tell me!
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A friend of mine has two Dell computers, both of which no longer work, and seem to have dead motherboards. He would like me to build a new computer for him, using one of the Dell cases (Micro ATX).
So my question is, can I mount a standard Micro ATX motherboard in a Dell case?
If the Dell motherboards are micro-atx it shouldn't be a problem, but the problem is that Dell uses a proprietary connector usually for their power button and lights.
DUMB QUESTION HERE...how do you open the case without getting MAD and bend the metal? I want to open the case an remove the disk for testing! Non-Pro messing around! Thanks!
I don't know what that number is supposed to be, but please post the model/model number of your computer.4 more replies
I have a Dell 2350 case in with only one hard drive bay housing. I want
to put a second hard drive. Where can I get a second hard drive bay housing
for it or is there another way to mount a second drive without a second bay
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I'm in the process of moving my Vostro 260 machine, with some upgrades, to a bigger Cooler Master case. However, the original Vostro case has the combination I/O connections (all wrapped together), and the new case audio and power I/O connectors are, of course, divided by specific pin type (Power LED, PW Switch, HDD LED, Mic, Speaker, L, R, etc etc). Since the oem motherboard is not labeled for this, I've been trying to find a MB diagram, but to no avail (it's all very secret, it seems).
Anyone know how I can figure out which pins are which so that I can hook up the new case? It's my machine at work, so I don't really want to go the retail MB route, since I will lose Windows Pro and all unless I buy that again too...
Something like this is what I need to know:
Win 7 Pro
GeForce 550 Ti
8GB Kingston HyperX Blu
1.5 TB HDD
I would honestly suggest leaving it in the case its in. or get a standard motherboard. your voiding any possible warranty anyways
Could someone tell me how to remove the case on my Dell Dimension 2350 Desktop CPU. I need to install a new CPU fan. I have the part (I think). I do not see any screws, they are small round metal ones with round holes. Thanks
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My son's dell case is history. I am putting parts in new case. The power and front usb connectors have plugs to the mobo that look like some kind of all in one connector. Help Please, thanks Kesler
there is a link to a picture of usb headers, which is where you will want to plug that usb connector into.
I was looking to improve some circulation in my XPS 8500 by replacing the case fans with the new Corsair magnetic bearing fans. But I thought I read once you couldnt replace a stock Dell case fan? Something about the mobo wont detect the sensor on the stock fan and throw no fan detect errors at boot?
Dell would not recommend you to replace the fan with a third party fan as you will receive errors on the system which may lead to system performance issues.
I have an older (!) Dell Latitude CP, its a Pent1 laptop. Its been sitting in a closet due to this hardware error, but I'd like to fix it and make a photo frame player thing out of it.
I can only get it to boot if I have the front-right corner propped up. If it isn't propped, it won't boot, and if I unprop it the screen goes blank and the system stops responding (but doesn't power off).
I have read a lot of forums and this one seems to be the closest:
and one guy said that he had the same issue and fixed it by putting some doohicky inside to make the CPU board stop losing contact with the motherboard. I tried that but no luck although I am not exactly sure how/what he did (I wedged a small plastic thing under the heatsink's plate, to push down on that board, but both with or with out it is the same).
Has anyone seen this? has anyone suggestions?
Basically, I bought a new Thermaltake case and the front panel wires (5) are labeled power sw, reset sw, HDD led, power led +, and power led -. On many motherboards the connectors on the mobo are conveniently labeled to make attaching them a breeze. Unfortunately, this is not the case on the mobo that came with my Dell inspiron i purchased last year. It is labeled LEDH1 and has no hints in the Dell manual as to what is what. This is driving me crazy.
The mobo DPN is 088DT1 but I can't find its manual.
Here's a picture of closeups of my mobo connectors, and my case connection cables.
I own a Dell Dimension 3000 which has PCI slots only (no AGP or PCI-E).
If I could purchase a Dell Dimension 4700 case and motherboard (which has a PCI-E slot), would the rest of my Dimension 3000 hardware also fit into the case without any problems?
And it doesn't have to be a Dimension 4700 case.
It could be a Dimension 5100 as well. I just want to know if the rest of the hardware will fit without any problems (it's all original Dell hardware).
Since I added a DVD burner, front panel connector plate for my video capture card, and a floppy/card reader combo, my Dell Dimension 2400 no longer fit in its cute little case.
So I popped $15 for an ultra cheap Coolmax case. Man this thing is cheap....flimsy....but it will work until I can spring for a nicer case.
Anyway, I swapped everything over last night but it wouldn't load the OS. The hard drive wasn't recognized.
Turns out none of the IDE devices were. I have 2 HDDs on the primary controller and a DVD burner and a CD burner on the 2nd controller.
I finally got it to boot by disconnecting the DVD and CD burners. With all 4 connected it won't recognize any of them.
The one thing I haven't checked is to double check the slave/master settings aren't in conflict on the DVD and CD. It was late last night and once I got it to boot and load XP that was a stopping point.
Any suggestions? The only difference from before is I only had the two HDDs and the DVD burner...no CD because of lack of slots. So I might try disconnecting the CD only as well. Wonder why having all four devices would render the IDE controllers inoperative like that though?
First, check to make sure that no metal in the case is in contact with the mobo. (You did use stand offs when installing the board didnt you?)
second make sure you connected the IDE cable correctly, there is a red stripe on one side of the IDE cable. that stripe should be on the outside facing you when installed correctly.
I have a Seagate Free Agent HDD that just quit on me. First I had several errors, going to the deadly I/O error and to the point that neither of my laptops recognize the drive. I've tried almost everything to get my files back (same'ol story: all my pics and music are stored there). As last resort I'm thinking of opening the case and plug it as a slave/secondary HDD straight into my Dell Inspiron Laptop but I don't know if that can even be done.
PS. If you can believe my bad luck this happened just a WEEK after I bought another external HDD to back up all my data.
that is how i found to open my wd passport
Hello, I bought my daughter a used Dell P3 OptiPlex GX110 pc which is working well and is well suited to her needs, however she always gets this annoying message during the boot up process,it reads. "Alert! the case has been previously opened."
On opening up the case lid I noticed a little spring loaded switch at the front of the case that pops up when the case is opened upwards and is pushed down when the case lid is lowered. I have disconnected the lead wires to this switch but to no avail, the message still appears at bootup. Hoping someone can help.
look in the bios, there should be an option to turn the annoyance off
and btw, bought? you should be paying the guy to take it off his hands! I own that same model from a looong time ago. I don't believe it has been booted in the past 5-6 years.
Please help me,
I have read about this same problem on so many forums and now it is me.
I didn't know any better at the time and bought a Dell XPS 400 a while back. The only thing I have added is 2G of RAM.
I recently have looked into upgrading my Graphics card to a 8800GT and realized very quickly that my Power supply is only 375W and that it is a "Dell" BTX system that can't fit any other PSU into it.
Did I mention that Dell sucks?
So to my questiuons:
How would I go about making a new computer? Would it be an ATX system that I would want to make? Is that one more common and easier to match parts and upgrade?
Would I be able to use most of my hardware from the "Dell XPS 400" BTX system in a new ATX system? What would I have to replace?
I researched this a little and believe I would need a new ATX motherboard right?
I bought a Dell XPS 400 and now I'm worthless.... crying... in my closet... in the dark
Please help me
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Hey everyone! It's jsut a quick post, but I recently finished a brand new computer build, but I am worried my case doesn't supply enough cooling, but also don't like the nosie it produces during gaming, so I am wondering if anyone knows of any good cases under £50/$60. I have looked at the powercool dominator and am wondering if it will be enough (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powercool-D...9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1362519059&sr=1-109).
My build is as follows:
- AMD 8350 CPU with stock heat sink/fan
- Gigabyte 7950 triple fan graphics card
- 16GB RAM
- SSD & Hard Drive (not performance, but more energy saving)
- CIT basic case modded with an additional fan on the side
- ASUS M5A99X Motherboard
- 880w PSU
Thank you for any advice! It will need to have high cooling abilities, but also quite quiet!
- Noise from case is 95% the fault of the fans. More expensive cases provide quieter fans, but you're paying a lot more to start with anyway. Plus, you'll have to provide your own additional fans in most cases (pun not intended) anyway.
- PSU fan could be loud..?
- Cooling performance is a combination of how neat your build is (cables etc), the amount of components, the type of cooling on your devices, fans used, and airflow provided by case. This is a lot of variables, so it can be hard.
- The case you linked is a budget case. Don't expect miracles.
- My suggestion - stick with what you have, tweak the fan speeds a bit.
I recently changed my computer case and after some struggles successfully moved all the hardware from my old case to the new one. It's a P4-1.7, DVD, CD, Nvidia GeForce FX 5600, Sound Blaster Audigy 2. The thing is, when I power the computer up I get no picture on my screen, so I'm wondering if it just has to do with the screen or the computer is just powering up and not actually turning on. Could someone please help me, I think it might have to do with how I connected the wiring to do with the hard drive, CD, and DVD.
Disconnect everything except the processor, video card, memory, and floppy. Try and boot it and see if it posts with video. If it does just start adding one device at a time back
I want to run a computer out of a plastic bin. If I lay the MoBo and powersupply on the bottom, then duct tape all of the peripherals to the side... will it run? Would it do better out of a cardboard box?
It should work. Depending on the type of plastic you may have static electricity so be careful. It would probably run equally as well in a cardboard box. Honestly though, why not just buy an inexpensive case? Even the cheapest case would be better than a plastic bin or a cardboard box.
I am looking at now changing my computer case, preferably to either a standard ATX desktop or a HTPC Media Centre Case, however I have a slight problem in the fact that I have a Xigmatek hdt-s1283 CPU cooler, which stands rather proud at about 20cm or so.... what I was wondering is if any of you techspot frequenters know of any desktop style cases that would cater for my cooler, or if as far as it goes I am fighting a loosing battle?
The Cooler Master Elite RC-330 is a decent, inexpensive case that will easily have room for that cooler.
Looking for suggestions for a cheap case (cheaper the better).
front and back 120mm fan spots (doesn't need to come with fan)
at least 5x 5.25" external bays
at least 1x 3.5" external bay
Fits ATX spec
On a budget, so the cheaper the better. I'm just replacing the case, so it doesn't need to have anything in it (PSU, fans, etc), but must be able to put them there obviously. I don't have brand preferences. Name as many as you can, since it might be a problem getting them where I am...
I found this as the cheapest with all the features you want, except it has an 80mm front fan and a 120mm rear fan. If you really need that 120mm front fan, this has it for about $7 more.
Please tell me if I waste you peoples time. Im a fan of building computer cases.
Now I was wondering what you people would think of a cylindric case? You know, that look like a bin (or a very large coffee tin) or something. Then you put the mobo near the bottom but not too close to it, put air intakes near it and one BIG extractor fan on top of the case. No corners for heat to gather
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For home-made... if you know how to work with tools, metal, plastics, etc...
You could make one... doesn't mean it'll work any better at cooling.
There are round computers out there.
hi guys I have a problem with another Computer case . The monitor hp type ( W2072a ) and the computer case type ( hp pro 3330 MT ) . The problem is message appear to me like this ( no DVI signal & no VGA signal ) . every time when i tried to open my computer i show this message .One from your comunity say to me i should to discharge the electrical charges from the computer . and I thanks him a lot about this informationbut i have another computer case the same issue won't to resolveThis computer case i opened last week and it's work successfully but this days i don't know what's the problem . maybe some dust won't to remove . this is why i want to ask your comunity to get fast solution . and this why i prefer this site . to get fast information without i lost my time searching .So please help me . I appreciate your efforts to help and i'm one of our fans RegardsMore replies
I have the following components in my PC:
GT 520 gpu
Intel i5 661 CPU
Gigabyte H55m-D2H motherboard (this is a small one, I believe it's micro ATX)
Two sticks of 4GB of RAM
ESI Juli@ audio card
I'm gonna stick with this build for a while (in fact, I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon - it runs great).
My case is big and makes a lot of noise (the fan is old...). I need a new one, and I wonder what compact cases are available for my setup. As you can see above, I do not use a gaming GPU, so I can probably make do with a thin case. The audio card isn't exactly tiny, though.
I'd appreciate any recommendations!
This would be my pick, Excellent case IMO
I have a computer case where the on/off switch doesn't work when plugged into the motherboard. The computer is fine, I can jump the board but I need to resolve the issue with the on/off switch. it's just a PII case, no real thrills. The pins to the motherboard consist of (2) wires to the on/off switch, but the pin is (3) prong with a dummy in the middle. If you have any suggestions or need more info I'm online and watching? Thanks
If you have the right tools you can sometimes get the pins to release from the connector and move them next to each other. If you can't get that to work you could use an exacto knife ( or sharp raser blade) and split the connector down the dummy pin. Then connect each pin separately to the motherboard connector.
Hello everyone, I'm looking to buy a new computer case tomorrow for my PC because I'm getting worried by all the clutter. Everything is too close for comfort. Lol. Now I've heard that the most "scary", or worrisome, thing is taking out the mobo itself because of the static and all. Um, I'm in need of some Windows 7 Jedi guidance from you guys. Tell me what you guys need so I can post my specs so you can help me out further. Thanks.
If you are worried about the static when you buy/order your new case pick up a 2-5 dollar static wristband. they connect to your wrist then ground to the pc5 more replies
I have a A7N8XE-Deluxe Mobo, and I would like to get a new case for it with more fans and better airflow since I overclocked the CPU in it. I have found several ATX cases, but the back doesn't match what mine does currently. How do I get the right case with access to all the ports in the back, like my four USB and two Ethernet ports. The cases I have looked at don't have spaces for those. Do I just rip out the whole back part of the case or is there a way to find the case I need that will provide access to all my ports on the back? Thanks for help in advance.
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I am about to build a new computer using an Asus motherboard appr 10 x 12 inches.
Since I am reluctant to install the motherboard in a vertical position I wonder if
there are cases into which I could install my motherboard horizontally.
So far I found none.
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I have an Acer Aspire X1700 (Details
It's about 2 1/2 years old now. Came with Windows Vista, I upgraded it to Windows 7. Also has a newer video card than what came with it.
Anyway, The PSU fan is getting really obnoxious, it gets really loud (more or less like a lawn mower). I have taken the thing apart and have tried every suggestion given to quiet it down, which it does for a whole week or two. This is a small form factor PC, so to even take the power supply out you have to basically take out everything else just to get to it. I have looked for replacements but they are very obsolete. It's only 220W anyway, so i'd like something a little more powerful.
What I want to do is get a larger case that I can use the same hardware is (motherboard, drives, etc) and purchase a larger power supply for that case. 220W really limits the PC. The small case holds a lot of heat even with all fans cleaned and working properly. Even just taking a CD/DVD out that was in it is very hot. I want a case with better airflow than this one.
I really am not sure what kind of case to get that will meet my needs. I don't want anything really fancy. If possible I'd like to get it off newegg.com
Any suggestions would be great.
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I would like to know if it is possible to configure outlook 2003 to automatically change lower case i to auto upper case I whilst typing my emails
It does it on my pc at work (could be cos its a better version of outlook)but I would love to know if I can have the same facility on my home pc
I'm using Vista and windows 7
Thanks in advance
Look at the Auto Correct options.
Ok, now I have a new build that has All new parts, brand new case and everything, it works fine when it's partially screwwed in or outside the case, but once I put everything else in (pci devices) it doesn't turn on? What could be the problem?
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We bought a refurbished computer for our son but when it arrived the computer case cooling fan was loose - had not been properly attached. My question is which way should the fan face when it's attached? There's a vent at the front of the case and mounting holes which it matches, but do I put it so the blades are convex or concave when mounting facing the front of computer? I was going to mount it with the convex side facing the front and my husband said it should be the opposite. He's no computer expert so I don't really trust his judgement after all the blunders he's commited with our computers. Hee hee.
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What is the difference between a OEM and Retail case? TIA
OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. They are produced for a middleman to use building his machines to seel to the public.
Anything OEM generally has a shorter warranty, no documentation and few extras. For example, an OEM harddrive does not come with cables or install software. You get a drive, thats it. For an OEM case, you may or may not get a powersupply for example.
Retail on the other hand, gives you the full manf warranty, documentation and any extras there may be.
Unless OEM is significantly cheaper, I usually get the Retail version.
I want to buy a new computer case, one with a clear side or the whole thing completely see through so i can put in LED fans and light up cables and so on. I don't know where to begin to look because i don't want something that all my computer things wont fit into. I was talking to my friend and he said i had to check my power supply or something for ATX or EATX or something like that and i don't feel like taking it apart because there is a fan exhaust tunnel in the way. I have a Dell Dimension 3000. Ive looked for specs about this on websites but cant seem to find any. Any info on my computer and or sites with such cases would be appreciated.
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A friend dropped off an IBM 300 GL for repair but the case is locked and the key has been lost. How can I get inside the box?
1 - try a generic PC key, if you have any.
In the OLD days of 486s and beyond (AT cases) the key was a joke since there was only 2, maybe 3 different keys made Oh, thats keyboard Keylock. Still a joke.
2 - May have to HACK the case open, hacksaw, screw drivers. Metal shavings from damaging the case can easily short out the board...
3 - Try to locate another 300GL and hope it has a key that may open it, but considering that the GL series were the business line, that means there could be different keys depending on the purchaser.
hello everyone. im looking into buying a new case for my computer. i currently have the stock case that came with my sony vaio pcv rx860. I was looking to get one of the more custom cases ive seen on the web. my main concerns are if the vaio components will be easily transferable to whichever custom case i end up choosing. as well , are there certain types of cases i need to stay away from or that i should look at specifically ? ive never changed the case on a computer before and the vaio i have has a very interesting way of opening up. is there a site or set of specifications i should follow before choosing my custom case ? thanks.
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Hey there. I've recently got an upgraded Lenovo H50 from Best Buy two weeks ago and it's worked great, but I've noticed an upside down L indent on the right side of the case, closer to the power button one day. I know that I haven't done anything to it, so could any of you possibly know about this?
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Hey there. I've recently got an upgraded Lenovo H50 from Best Buy two weeks ago and it's worked great, but I've noticed an upside down L indent on the right side of the case, closer to the power button one day. I know that I haven't done anything to it, so could any of you possibly know about this?More replies
This is my first post, so I will try to make this as good as possible! I just built my own computer which consists of a Gigabyte P35C-DS3R motherboard, Intel Core 2 Duo 6850 Conroe (3.0Ghz 1333 FSB) 500 watt UltraXfinity power supply dual 12V rails, Ballistix ram sticks for 2GB ddr2, Seagate 250GB Sata, and Foxconn Nvidia 8800 GTX card. Both me and my friend built this computer (he is more knowledgeable so he did most of the work while I learned). We assembled everything properly and attached it to the case, plugged in every wire nescessary and it didn't boot. We double and triple checked to make sure that all the basic wires were attached properly (trust me, we really checked stuff!) and it still didn't boot, so he decided to unhook everything except for the motherboard and its power supply cable and he tried to jump the Power button leads with a screwdriver to hot wire it and it didn't turn on. At this point, we figured we had a motherboard failure, but we took it out of the case and plugged it in and it fired up right away. In fact, I am typing this message right now and it is all assembled outside of the case and it is working great! I played some games with it and it also ran fine and Power supply unit is giving enough voltage/current/wattage for everything so that isn't the problem. We are stumped and nobody else knows what is going on because many of my friends are studying to be computer engineers and they have built their own systems an... Read more
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My friend let me have his old Cooler master 430 black elite, Im having trouble with it. My computer wont turn on, I know all my components work because they just came off my old case and they worked great. The difference between my case and this new case is the system panel cords(ie. hdd led, reset sw, power led, and power sw) are all seperate meaning there are 5 different cords compared to the one that my old case used to have one bundled up. I've looked online on how to connect these and nothing seems to work. Anyone know how to connect these cords to my intel g41 chipset?
you can get a Q-Connector or look for a diagram of your board and it will tell you what goes where. What board do you have?
So, I'm replacing my computer case (because my old one has no fans in it cept the one I mounted myself, and I believe i am having problems with overheating.)
So, any suggestions on a max $150 case that has decent airflow and cooling, and can fit a 9800 GTX+ card (I had problems with one case where the hard drive bay on the bottom of the front blocked it from going in cause its really long.)
If no suggestion on an actual case what are some good quality brands for cases with good cooling?
Specs on Comp:
ASUS M3A78-CM Mobo
Windows XP SP 3
Nvidia 9800 GTX +
AMD Althlon X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0 GHZ
4 GB of Ram (shows as 3.25)
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I have a G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard that I would like to place in a case to build
a PC. I have several old computers & cases that I have collected in the past. For example could
I use a Dell 3000 case for this board? I have several simular Dell computers with celron processors
in them. Maybe I could salvage a case/power supply from them?
How do I choose a computer case for this mother board. What factors do I use to choose a
computer case? I guess I need to look at fan placement and venting. Form factors etc.
What do need to consider here?
Dell cases are proprietary ie they fit dell mb. Choosing a case is a VERY subjective endeavor; ie what I like may not be what you like. Here is a decent atx type case that will do the job for you.
This is a basic case without windows, lights, etc.
Here is a more high end case with lighted fans, etc.