Upgrading my dell
Posted 31 October 2005 - 04:53 PM
Posted 31 October 2005 - 04:55 PM
Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:36 PM
Therefore as long as the current board is swapped out with another MicroATX board, there should be no problem.
Be aware though that OEMs like Dell, HP and Compaq like to "tidy up" the front panel connectors in such a way as to make it hard if not impossible to reuse the case with another board.
Same can also be said about front USBs/Fireware/Audio connections as well, though these are rarer issues to worry about.
Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:43 PM
For your particular system, you MAY find that another motherboard won't physically fit the case due to the screwholes for the spacers being in a different place. You will definately find that the rear I/O panel will be different (although this isn't usually a major problem) and you will probably find that the front panel connectors are different.
All in all, you should be prepared to buy a new case as well as a motherboard.
On the positive side however, the RAM used in the Dimension 3000 is fairly standard from what I can tell (non-ECC, unbuffered DDR) so this shouldn't cause a problem with the new board.
Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:47 PM
Posted 31 October 2005 - 06:06 PM
Edited by MikeFromNY, 31 October 2005 - 06:07 PM.
Posted 31 October 2005 - 08:24 PM
Just like to add you'll probably need a new power supply too
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