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Dell Vostro 400 MOBO replacement

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Hello out there, I had the greatest idea to replace the mobo on my Dell Vostro 400. Why? well I want something better for myself and be able to play a video game that does not need an upgrade.

 

So what is under the hood of a Dell Vostro 400 'Mini' Tower

Up to Intel® CoreTM 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz, 1066FSB, 8MB L2 cache)
Chipset:
-Intel® G33 chipset
Memory
-Up to 4GB89 Dual-Channel DDR244 SDRAM11 (667MHz or 800MHz)
Hard Drives
-Up to 2 Hard Drives (Maximum 1TB with two 500GB hard drives)
Expansion Slots:
-PCI: 2 Slots
-PCIe x1: 1 Slot
-PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slot
Optical & Other External Bay Devices:
-16X DVD-ROM10 Drive
-48X CDRW/16X DVDROM Combo Drive
-16X DVD+/-RW12 Drive
-48X COMBO & 16X DVD+/-RW12 DUAL DRIVE
-16X DVD-ROM & 16X DVD+/-RW12 DUAL DRIVE
-Dell 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
-Internal Floppy Disk Drive
-External USB Floppy Disk Drive

 

As far as the parts, I have only replaced the Power Supply, added more memory and added a graphics card.

So the question is to anyone if you have tried to replace a motherboard on a PC that was built by any big PC companies out there. Please don't include custom made PC like Alienware, gateway etc.

 

What I will be needing is the mobo that could fit this specific box, I will then need to add the CPU (duh) and memory.

The only hassle is to find such motherboard.

 

I appreciate your help.


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http://www.ebay.com/...2-/251729261395

 

http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B00GHUTZHQ


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Thank you Spyware Dr.

 

I would not like to stick with the same mob combo but rather find a different mobo to upgrade that can fit the Vostro 400 box.


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Note that changing to a completely different motherboard will invalidate the original OEM version of Windows that is/was installed on that machine.


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SpywareDr.

 

Yes, my intention is to get rid of the OEM version and I should had mentioned earlier. Yes I was aware that I would need to get a brand new copy of Windows.


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What type/size motherboard is in there?


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SpywareDr,

 

Well it is a Micro ATX with a dimensions of 9.6x9.6, I did some more research and come to find out that it would be more of a hassel to remove the motherboard and replace it. So I will go off and find a nice case and a better motherboard for this new pc.

 

Thank you for your help SpywareDr.

You can close this thread.


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You're welcome.


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