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How do I find out what make/type motherboard I have without starting up the Pc?
 

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Look at it. There should be some identifying marks or logs on it.
 

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It's a Dell and I cant see any remarks like Intel 915g which it is supposed to be. Any clues as to where to look. I have studied it but it is fitted into the Pc. Could it be on the other side? Hope not.
 

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Well, if you had said Dell earlier ;)

What are you trying to figure out here?
 

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Dell's use custom motherboards, they are generally based on a number of other boards from various manufacturers.

Ask mentioned above, what is the problem you're having?
 

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I bought a cpu 3.0Ghz which came with a fan. The cpu is a 775 pin which fits fine. Dell spec say the board is a Intel 915G chipset. The fan on the otherhand will in no way fit on the board. The fan legs which locate in the board are much to wide. Also the plug on the fan is a 4 wire and the board has 5. I have no idea which wire goes where even if i could cobble together a kit to fit the Intel fan. Any suggestions?
 

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Dell motherboards are not made to be upgradable.
 

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Do you still have the stock Dell provided heatsink? It would still be acceptable to be used with you new CPU.

You can rest assured that if something can be screwed up it will be by Dell, Compaq, or HP.
 

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What model Dell are we working with here? I've ripped some Dells apart and their cpu fans are almost like little houses :eek:
 

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The Dell model is a GX280 optiplex small form factor. I do have the cpu heatsink and a fan, but I'm sure its not the correct fan as its a 3 wire and the slot on the board is a 5 pin
 
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If you dont have the hsf that goes with that board you will have to get one somehow either from Dell of some used pc place, if this is a newer pc then chances are Dell is your only choice. cobbling together something could be risky and may not even work very well. Dont understand why you dont have the right hsf though
 

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Thanks for the help. I will contact Dell, it's probably the only way.
 
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