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Turning a "Dell XPS 400" into a ATX system/Case, Need advice / help

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  1. Ryoung46

    Ryoung46 Thread Starter

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    Please help me,

    I have read about this same problem on so many forums and now it is me.

    I didn't know any better at the time and bought a Dell XPS 400 a while back. The only thing I have added is 2G of RAM.

    I recently have looked into upgrading my Graphics card to a 8800GT and realized very quickly that my Power supply is only 375W and that it is a "Dell" BTX system that can't fit any other PSU into it.


    Did I mention that Dell sucks?


    So to my questiuons:

    #1 -
    How would I go about making a new computer? Would it be an ATX system that I would want to make? Is that one more common and easier to match parts and upgrade?

    #2 -
    Would I be able to use most of my hardware from the "Dell XPS 400" BTX system in a new ATX system? What would I have to replace?

    I researched this a little and believe I would need a new ATX motherboard right?


    I bought a Dell XPS 400 and now I'm worthless.... crying... in my closet... in the dark :(


    Please help me
     
  2. win2kpro

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    You don't even want to think about converting a Dell to another form factor. Dell's are hardy meant to be upgraded much less change a form factor.

    Sell you Dell and either build a machine or have someone build a machine for you.
     
  3. Chris A

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    This might be a option. http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/std/sku=dellconverter

    Just buy the Adapter and a new PSU at another place and you might be done.
     
  4. Ryoung46

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    You might be able to as long as the motherboard can fit. I dont think the motherboard bolt holes will line up but if you can get most of them to line up it should be ok if you use that adapter.. One thing though is that the pin outs for the connectors might be a guessing game. Power button, USB and HD lite..

    If you do decide to try it make sure that no risers on the case touch the bottom of the motherboard. All drives should just pop right in. ATX is what you are looking for. Mesure the bolt down holes on your MB then mesure the ones on the case.

    With that Adapter and you being creative it could work but it might be a lot of work. Plus there could be a few surprizes with all the connectors.
     
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    boy I have to agree with poster that said sell this puppy and start from scratch, from the pictures and specs I dont see what you would want to save this thing for. the MB is totally different than an atx MB and would most likely not fit any other case, if you buy a new MB you would have to buy a new OS as well because Dell os is keyed to the MB bios.
     
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  8. Ryoung46

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    Yeah, I have to start putting some money aside and live with this thing Dell calls a computer for a while.

    I think I just had to hear it from someone else.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  9. brite750

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    we try to warn folks about branded pcz, they have their uses, like for grand mothers and office workers:D
     
  10. Ryoung46

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    That would be nice but I wouldn't have a clue to what ATX PSU would fit into the "Dell XPS 400" BTX case
     
  11. dpp

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    Do not use that adapter. It is designed for when Dell used proprietary power supplies instead of standard ATX before 2000 or 2001. See Link

    BTX power supplies normally use the same power connector with the same wiring pattern as ATX.
    See link
    Just to be sure, make sure that the wiring pattern on the old Dell power Supply matches that of the new ATX power supply so that you don't fry your MB or power supply. However the physical shape of the power supply might be different so that you may need a new BTX case to fit the new power supply.
     
  12. crjdriver

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    I agree you will always have problems trying to fit a dell into a standard type case. If you get the screw holes to line up, you will have pci slots that will not line up with the case.

    I assume you want a system for gaming [the 8800 series card] Just build a system OR have a local shop build one for you. You will be much happier in the long run.
     
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