replace dell case/mobo all for new PSU?!
Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:35 PM
Posted 10 July 2009 - 05:11 PM
Many of your OEM Manufacturers only use the bare minimum power supply needed. It is quite sad really.
it came with the shortfall of a 250 W Power supply!!
I don't know if you will be able to get one in that case, but switching to another case may proof just as difficult. Many Dell motherboards are made specifically for their cases (Proprietary). Give me the exact make and model of the case, or even a link to it would be good too. I can do some research and see what we can come up with.
I'm just looking for a way to get a more powerful power supply in that dang case to use my video card without sacrificing quality of the PSU. I'm alternately interested in gutting that worthless slim case and going for a more standard ATX case
Worse case scenario, have a case specially made for it, but you may be looking at some money there, just depends. I could check some places I know of that do such a thing and see what they say. Let me know,
Oh!, and you are not the first person to have this problem. It is quite common really... I know, it sucks.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 07:16 PM
This is the case that I have. I've searched the computer case and couldn't find anything that defines the case in any way other than the computer, which is a dell studio slim 540 S. What other information would help?
Posted 10 July 2009 - 07:32 PM
This 300Watt TFX PSU by a trusted manufacturer Seasonic should fit. And you can buy it on Newegg HERE
However, link me to your card. What watt does it say it requires? Sometimes you really need to pay attention to the amps on the rails and not necessarily the watts. The one I linked to has two 18amp rails which isn't to shabby and is 80 plus certified which is good. Can you send me a link of your card, or one very similar? Off the top of my head, I'm willing to bet that the 9300 won't require more than what the PSU has to offer. Need link to confirm and make sure.
Let me know...
Posted 10 July 2009 - 07:37 PM
Take a look at the specs for this 9400 GT. It requires a 300 watt PSU and/or a 18amp 12volt rail, which the PSU I linked to meets both requirements. The 9300 should be the same if not smaller requirements.
Edited by Ferrari, 10 July 2009 - 07:37 PM.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 08:13 PM
Posted 11 July 2009 - 11:00 AM
I really need to find out what the form factor of your motherboard is, but I can't seem to find out! Which usually I can. It may be that proprietary motherboard(specific to that case) like I mentioned earlier.
What other information would help?
I will continue to keep looking. If you are interested in having a case made or modifying your case you may want to contact mnpctech.com. They specialize in case modification, and case building. They could probably even come up with an "out of the box thinking" way of adding a regular style PSU outside of your slim desktop. Moreover, they may also know right off hand what kind of motherboard comes in those Studio Slim Desktops.
Posted 16 July 2009 - 12:43 PM
It looks like I have a microATX mobo, measuring 244mm x 244mm. I also went on to newegg and looked at pics of a few standard atx cases and saw that the hole pattern of my board will fit into existing holes in the case.
I looked at my power supply and it has 4 wire bundles leaving the PSU. One bunch of 4 brown and black to the mobo, one bunch of 5 to the disk drive, a bunch of 5 to the hard drive, and a large bunch of 20+4 to mobo.
From what I can tell, there shouldn't be a problem with me moving the components of this slim case to another case with a more powerful power source.
Can anyone confirm this for me?
Thanks in advance!!!!
Posted 16 July 2009 - 05:04 PM
FYI: Micro ATX can also be said like this... uATX
As far as the 20+4 connection goes, you probably just need a 20+4 PSU which most are. The other connection going to the mobo would be the CPU power plug, just count the "pins" on the plug and that is the kind you would need from your power supply. However, there probably are adapters/plug extensions that you could use if the PSU you wanted to buy didn't have the correct CPU plug. It would look something like this... Click Here Also, just about every power supply will come with the appropriate "molex" or "sata" power plugs for your devices like a cd-rom or hard drive, etc.
As long as the holes on the motherboard match up with that motherboard, or a micro ATX compatible Cases holes for the motherboard, you should be good to go. See if you can get me a pic of your mobo, that would be great. Maybe you can figure this out for yourself, I don't know...
Posted 16 July 2009 - 08:19 PM
I guess I'm SOL, and may jimmy rig an external power supply so that I don't have to buy a slim 300W for $40.
Thanks for all your help.
p.s. Do you know if they make any affordable external power supplies?
Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:01 PM
http://www.newegg.co...s...rd - Retail
Posted 17 July 2009 - 04:49 PM
Like this one supports both, and even Extended ATX. Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 The holes for the micro ATX can be seen in the template, the difference between ATX and uATX is the I, J, and K. Can you see those holes? Those are for Micro ATX boards.
If your holes match all the boards except that ASUS of course, then you have a Micro ATX board.
Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:30 PM
Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:51 PM
Trustful and reliable PSU Manufacturers are Corsair, Seasonic, Cooler Master, and Antec... Corsair being the best in my opinion. Don't buy anything but from that group, there are some others, but I'm not going to get into all that... Also, you always want a PSU to be 80 plus certified.
What do you think of this Cooler Master Centurion 534?
Edit: And yes, generally the power supplies that come with a case are off-brand and very very cheap. Don't do that, don't send an unstable power signal to your valuable/expensive components. Bad idea, not to mention risky...
Edited by Ferrari, 17 July 2009 - 05:53 PM.
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