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Hi

My friend wants to put his dell hardware in a flash custom case but we dont know if dell uses ATX and Micro ATX or their own proprietary form factor.
The PC is a Dell dimension 3100.

Thanks
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Open up the case? Lower end models tend to have a mATX board as no point providing with ATX when the buyer probably wun be putting anything else on it. Some Alienware PCs uses mATX from my understanding as well.
    
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From what I understand, years ago they were using btx boards (I think yours is BTX). I'm not sure when they made the switch to mATX but I'm guessing around 2006-2007? Usually an easy way to tell is the CPU socket will be kinda sideways crooked

like so:

e78e_1.JPG

My dell inspiron 530 is on a mATX g31 board
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http://www.cputopia.com/dell-dimension-3100-pci-full-system.html

says micro-ATX

Hope that's a definitive answer for ya smile.gif
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I'm pretty sure OP's rig is BTX.

When you type in "Dell Dimension 3100 Motherboard" in google then go to images, nothing but BTX boards show up. Also, all the boards for sale listed as 3100 boards are BTX. So yeah. I'd say that's more definitive than ONE site saying "mATX"

http://tinyurl.com/44zyraf


Like I said earlier, you can easily tell yourself if the motherboard is BTX by checking to see if the CPU socket is angled. If its set at an angle, its BTX and you wont be able to mount it in a mATX/ATX standard case.
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15417947 
Open up the case? Lower end models tend to have a mATX board as no point providing with ATX when the buyer probably wun be putting anything else on it. Some Alienware PCs uses mATX from my understanding as well.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allen86;15417953 
From what I understand, years ago they were using btx boards (I think yours is BTX). I'm not sure when they made the switch to mATX but I'm guessing around 2006-2007? Usually an easy way to tell is the CPU socket will be kinda sideways crooked

like so:

e78e_1.JPG

My dell inspiron 530 is on a mATX g31 board
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cha0s_Cha0;15417973 
http://www.cputopia.com/dell-dimension-3100-pci-full-system.html

says micro-ATX

Hope that's a definitive answer for ya smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allen86;15417999 
I'm pretty sure OP's rig is BTX.

When you type in "Dell Dimension 3100 Motherboard" in google then go to images, nothing but BTX boards show up. Also, all the boards for sale listed as 3100 boards are BTX. So yeah. I'd say that's more definitive than ONE site saying "mATX"

http://tinyurl.com/44zyraf


Like I said earlier, you can easily tell yourself if the motherboard is BTX by checking to see if the CPU socket is angled. If its set at an angle, its BTX and you wont be able to mount it in a mATX/ATX standard case.

Thanks for your help guys! It looks like its a btx frown.gif

are there any cases that support btx these days?
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post #7 of 19
Im pretty sure BTX IS mATX but with the parts shuffled around(CPU socket for example).
But ive been wrong before.
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post #8 of 19
There's pretty much no support anymore for BTX...It's pretty much been abandoned altogether.

I did however watch a case review not long ago and it supported all sorts of crazy form factors that I haven't even heard of (including btx). Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of it.
    
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir;15418080 
Im pretty sure BTX IS mATX but with the parts shuffled around(CPU socket for example).
But ive been wrong before.

I hope your right. Can anyone confirm this?
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post #10 of 19
Well, I know BTX was supposed to replace ATX because of heat and power concerns about the ATX design, and I know it is compatible with the VAST majority of ATX factor products.
Seeing as it was supposed to get rid of ATX it stands to reason it would be as similar as possible to encourage people to adopt it. And the Screw holes look right for an mATX factor.
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