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Can I mount a standard motherboard in a Dell case?

By kitty500cat
Jul 31, 2008
  1. A friend of mine has two Dell computers, both of which no longer work, and seem to have dead motherboards. He would like me to build a new computer for him, using one of the Dell cases (Micro ATX).

    So my question is, can I mount a standard Micro ATX motherboard in a Dell case?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    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.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Yes, but you will not be able to use the Dells Windows XP or VISTA software, and if you upgrade to a top video graphics card instead of what the Dell offers, you will need to buy a new power supply of quality as well.
     
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 2,154   +6

    Thanks for your replies.

    Turns out I had my facts mixed up. It's actually an eMachines case, not a Dell.

    I think the original motherboard was Micro ATX. I'm planning on installing all new components, including power supply. There's no way I would run a new system on a used Bestec.
     
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