interchanging parts

By doubledeca
Mar 30, 2007
  1. Since my Dell Dimension 2350 cannot be upgraded to play Ceasar 4 and similar games, I must build my own. Cannot afford a new one. Some questions for anyone who can answer.
    1. Are the Dell drives (hard, floppy, CDRW) proprietary, or can I put them in a new case?
    2. How does one know which mobo will support the drives?
    3. Since my hard drive came with XP loaded, and if I am able to put it in a new case (new system) will the OS automatically function in the new system?
    4. I assume that with Dell's non standard case, I probably couldn't find a new/different mobo to fit it--or could I?

    Well, that's enough questions from this newbie. Thanks.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The proprietary parts in your Dell may be: case, power supply, motherboard. Everything else is standard. Whether something fits your new system - you just have to look at the specifications of the old and new devices.
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