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Reusing this old Dell case. Is it a micro ATX? -see pics


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acgolf

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I'd like to reuse this case from a Dell Demesion 4500. It's a cool case but I'm not sure if I can get an ATX MB in it. The MB measures 9 7/8" x 8 5/8". The tray the MB sits in measures 11" x 10". The entire case is 16 1/2" tall. I looked on the MB and couldn't see atx or maxt anywhere. It does have E210882 and N232 stamped on it. Here is a link to the Dell info but also doesn't specify atx or matx. Here are the photos-

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Dells of this type are non-standard in most areas and the cases are designed to take only the Dell board they come with. Typically the mounting points are fixed in unique places which put paid to trying to use the case with another board as you'll short it out immediately.

The typical dimensions of an ATX board are 12" wide by 9.6" deep (305mm x 244mm) whereas MicroATX boards are typically 9.6" square.

You'll be lucky if you can get any other board in a Dell case. Not worth the effort when you can get a new standard size case for near enough next to nothing.

Edited by Neil Jones, 07 September 2008 - 03:21 AM.

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How about a Hewlett Packard case? I have a a1330n which has a micro ATX board. Could I use that without any compatibility issues?
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The HP you might have more luck with but most OEM cases have some nonstandard front panel connections which make it hard to hook things up.
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I'll take a look when I get to work on Monday.
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