Old Dell mobo in a new case?

December 29, 2009 at 19:53:10
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 2.8GHz
I want to install all my stock parts into my new
case until I can buy the new parts. But I read
somewhere(Can't remember where) that Dell
parts aren't usually compatible with standard
form factors. But if anyone has tried to install a
Dell Dimension 4600 mobo into a new case
can you please help me?

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#1
December 29, 2009 at 20:24:58
What would be the point? You'll gain nothing by doing so & *may* damage something during the swap.

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#2
December 29, 2009 at 20:30:45
The motherboard mounting holes are generic and should match any generic ATX case. However the holes for the bracket holding the cpu heatsink are going to be hard to match with anything other than that type of Dell case.

Maybe a standard socket 478 bracket could be installed in place of the proprietary one from Dell but I've never tried that.

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#3
December 30, 2009 at 20:35:36
so do you know for sure that the mobo has a mounting bracket
on the back? cuz from the looks of it, it seems like it won't cuz
its just a heat sink.

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#4
December 30, 2009 at 20:39:55
The case to motherboard wiring harness will most likely be different. If the Dell parts were going to stay in there then you could modify the wiring but as jam said, what is the point?

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#5
December 30, 2009 at 21:08:31
It's got the black rectangular bracket sitting on the motherboard held down by 4 screws. The heatsink sits on the bracket and that in turn is held down by 2 plastic green clips.

I just replaced the motherboard in a 4600 and had to remove the 4 bracket screws in order to get it out. And I just checked an empty 4600 case I have. It's got the 4 bracket mounting studs in the bottom panel--the one that also has the motherboard mounting studs.

Maybe cases made for socket 478 motherboards have mounting holes for bracket studs. The Dell case had 8 holes for two different motherboard styles. I believe they use the same case for their 2300 and possibly other models. So maybe generic cases are the same way.

There are three cables coming from the front panel--audio, USB and power/LEDs. You wouldn't absolutely need audio and USB hooked up. The power and LEDs go to a common proprietary harness and might be a problem as OtheHill suggests..

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#6
December 30, 2009 at 21:53:43
well i kinda just wanted to see if i could do it, but now that you
have mention all of this i guess it would just be a PITA. but
thanks for the help anyways.

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#7
December 31, 2009 at 12:21:00
You're welcome. I'm not saying it can't be done. But you couldn't just grab any 'ole ATX case and have it work.

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