Getting a modern motherboard / Intel Quad Core for my old Dell 2400

By jojodancer ยท 5 replies
Dec 7, 2009
  1. Thinking about getting a modern motherboard / Intel Quad Core for my Dell 2400 upgrade.

    Medium gaming but lots of HD and Blu-ray stuff.

    Anyone has done anything on his Dell 2400? Suggestions? Brand names? Hopefully I can score this combo / RAM in this holiday sale.

    Currently my Dell 2400 has this set up:

    P4 3.06
    2 Gb RAM
    5000Gb Hatachi ATA Boot Dirve
    1Tb WD Green SATA 2nd Drive
    22x LG DVD rewriter
    8x LG Blu-ray rewriter
    1 floppy
    Evga 9400GT 1Gb PCI card
    ATA / SATA RAID controller
    Corsair 550W ATX supply


    Dell 2400 mini case :)

    I can transfer all these existing hardware for the new motherboard except the RAM (DDR1 or DDR3) and a better 1Gb PCI Express video card after that.
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Firstly, budget for CPU+mobo? Also, have you made up your mind on Intel? If you're on a constraint you may consider AMD.

    As for motherboard brands, Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI are excellent choices. You may also add DFI to that list.
  3. jojodancer

    jojodancer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Budget is around $300. Saw many on sale combo prices at Frys (store only) right now. Like:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 / Biostar TP45E (full size I know) at $179!!!!
    AMD Phenom II X4 925 / MSI 785GTM-E45 at $149!!!

    So I think getting a Duo Quad with a decent motherboard shouldn't be out of reach for the holiday sale.
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    At $300 for processor and motherboard I would ideally look at the AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE along with a good AMD 790X / 790GX chipset motherboard.

    However, if you're not much into gaming you could get yourself the AMD Athlon II X4 620/630. Very cheap with great performance.
  5. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    Lose the Dell Case Too

    I didn't see anyone comment on the Dimension 2400 case. I doubt any mobo will fit this case and the power supply probably needs upping also. You can use the other components if you are selective. But Dimension 2400 were cheaply built and probably doesn't have any components worth re-using, sorry.
  6. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 443

    what pjamme said. Also you need to make sure the powersupply connector and other wiring on the case isn't proprietary (specially configured to only fit dell parts which they usually are).
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