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Q: New Case For Dell Computer

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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A: New Case For Dell Computer

It should...but we need the specific details of you Dell PC. If you would fill in your system specs in you profile area then we can get a better picture of your needs.
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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

A:use another case instead of the dell optiplex case

thats a nice case but if ur willing to blow that kind of money i would get this its a full tower so lots of room or this 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 which is really beautiful and cheap (recomend if u dont got cash lol)
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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 :)

A:Will my motherboard from Dell Vostro 3800 ST fit into non-Dell case?

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.
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A:Dell inspiron 660S to dell Vostro 200 case

Hi zixzen,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
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.
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A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.
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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 ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

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?
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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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Okey Dokey...
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

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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

A:What case will my Dell D 3000 fit into.

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 will work.
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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.


A:Dell Optiplex needs new case

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.
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It's a B 120 ...typo in the subject line. I do think the 120 and 130 have basically the same case.

A:Dell B 123/130 case cracker

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
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Any help would be great! Thanks.

A:Building PC and need help using Dell case

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?
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A:dell case and btx motherboard

Any clues about what?
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A:Move Dell components into other case?

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?
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A:Overclocking Dell parts in new case?

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.
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A:How to open a Dell Dimension case

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."
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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.
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Sir Loin

A:Dell Dimension 4700 case help

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
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A:Dell Motherboard Sockets in a New Case?

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.
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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.

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Why why why why why?!!!

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How do I open Dell optiplex gx270 case

A:How to open Dell Optiplex case?

Hi stephen1711, :wave:

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To access technical support you may go to the Forums.

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A:Dell Dimension 8100 Case

here you go m8 .. this should have everything you need
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A:Urgent! Can't get dell case open!

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.
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A:Dell GX280 case swap?

"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?
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A:Dell C521 Case Swap

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".
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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?

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A:Shopping for Dell Dimension 8100 Case Fan

mostlikely any 80mm fan would work.
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Will this fit my system?

If not, then will this one?

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A:Radeon 4870 and the Dell E520 Case? Will it fit?

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 .

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A:Can I mount a standard 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.
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A:Dell E773s Crt Monitor Case Removal?

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!
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Quote: Originally Posted by 4eyed

My computer keeps shutting down when playing games or converting movies. I changed RAM (then putting old modules back because they weren't causing the problem), bought a new PSU and installed 2 aditional fans. It didn't work. So, my "diagnosis" is that dust is causing the problem. I need some advice about cleaning the case, removing the CPU heatsink and stuff like that.

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