Dell Case Replace

Dell Dimension 5150 desktop
March 6, 2010 at 17:38:42
Specs: Windows 7, 2.0 GB
Hi, I want to get rid of this horrific dell case with a custom one. is it possible to literally takeeverything out of this case and put it into the custom case. Same exact parts, just new case.

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March 6, 2010 at 18:26:34
You'd still have the same crappy hardware, only in would be in a different case. What would you have gained? Besides, if the following is what you have, the motherboard is the azz-backwards BTX design & won't fit in a standard case. BTX was a huge failure & was only around for a couple of years.

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March 6, 2010 at 22:01:10
Well I just wanted to do it because I havnt done it before. And how would the board not fit? its a simple set of clamps and 4 screws.

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March 7, 2010 at 01:00:04
You need to research the difference between ATX form factor ( The most common and popular) and BTX which is what you have.

You cannot transfer the innards of your BTX form system into an off-the-shelf ATX case. It simply will not fit. If you want to do this project you will need to source out a BTX form case. WOFTAM

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March 7, 2010 at 06:25:54
"its a simple set of clamps and 4 screws"

All you need to do is look at the rear of a standard ATX case, then look at the rear of your case to see the differences. An ATX case has the I/O (input/output) ports on the left side, your case has them on the right.

Dell didn't even conform to the BTX form factor with their design. They took the BTX setup & flipped it upside down. With a BTX system the power supply is supposed to be mounted on the bottom.

So even if you were to find a case that you could swap your Dell hardware into, it would be a one shot deal. You would never be able to use it for another system again because no one else uses that layout. You will have wasted who knows how much (maybe $50-100) on a case that has no future useability.

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April 6, 2010 at 18:00:34
Yes that is right it WONT work i tried it physically already here is why it dont work>
1. The processor is anchored to the dell3000 case with 4 screws
the new case i bought dumb me didnt work because it DIDNT have those 4 screw holes on the case at all!

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April 6, 2010 at 19:12:31
Putting Dell guts into another box is both interesting and fun.
Also a bit hair pulling because there is also a wiring issue.

Have you considered making a wooden case for it? You can then use all the parts and make any modifications.

Saw a computer recently that was now inside of a printer case....never know it was a computer until you hit the power button.

If you do a search for wooded computer cases you should get a host of ideas.

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April 6, 2010 at 22:33:57
Thanks everyone. I apreciate it.

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