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it helps if you think of the daughter board as being part of the case not part of the computer itself. It has come functionality on it that normally only goes into cases. As fo the i/o shield, I'm not sure how important it is either. It varies from mobo to mobo I suppose you could take a hacksaw to the old case and make your own, or find out what brand the motherboard is and order one. Or if you;d rather save the time and spend an extra hundred bucks, just buy a new ATX mobo. You'll have more room, and can even possibly put in a second video card if you want.

Well, I will certainly look into that. You have been incredibly helpful, and I greatly appreciate your time tongue.gif I think I will try to see if I can't find the I/O shield first. If not, I will probably just buy an ATX mobo since I think I can swing that. Either way, it's good to know that I don't HAVE to buy a new mobo biggrin.gif Once again, thank you for your time smile.gifthumb.gif
post #22 of 29
welcome smile.gif If you do look for a new MoBo check out the intel motherboard section. There's a lot of good reviews and build advice there
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welcome smile.gif If you do look for a new MoBo check out the intel motherboard section. There's a lot of good reviews and build advice there

I will certainly do that ^_^
post #24 of 29
Well after looking at all the pics, I gotta say, I admire the thought put into layout of the case, there's hardly any unused space. Having said that, this is definitely not meant to be "user serviceable."

So the HDD is salvageable, the DVD is slim, so you'd need an adapter to use it.

What you want to do is take the big board at the back, unplug everything from it cable wise, and remove it from the case. Be careful with the antenna wires for the wifi card, you want to move them to the new case too. You can then install the motherboard in the new case. Your new video card will plug directly into the slot instead of using the riser board that was there in the X51 case. Put the HDD in the new case, after removing the bracket.
Now install the new power supply. The 24 pin cable plugs in where the 24 pin is now, there's probably an 8 pin connector somewhere above the CPU fan that we can't see, that you'll have to plug in. Supply power to you video card and HDD.
Run a SATA cable from the HDD to the motherboard. You might need to buy one, because the ones in the X51 look pretty short.

Connecting the front panel might be a problem. You might be lucky and the cables might be labeled as you pull them out. Given that its a Dell, don't hold your breath.

And it just occured to me that you'll be missing the I/O port cover. You can use the mobo without it, but most people prefer to have them installed.

In essence, you can get it to work with existing parts, but it'll be an easier experience with a new mobo. Question is: do you want to spend the money? And if so, what's your budget?
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Well after looking at all the pics, I gotta say, I admire the thought put into layout of the case, there's hardly any unused space. Having said that, this is definitely not meant to be "user serviceable."

So the HDD is salvageable, the DVD is slim, so you'd need an adapter to use it.

What you want to do is take the big board at the back, unplug everything from it cable wise, and remove it from the case. Be careful with the antenna wires for the wifi card, you want to move them to the new case too. You can then install the motherboard in the new case. Your new video card will plug directly into the slot instead of using the riser board that was there in the X51 case. Put the HDD in the new case, after removing the bracket.
Now install the new power supply. The 24 pin cable plugs in where the 24 pin is now, there's probably an 8 pin connector somewhere above the CPU fan that we can't see, that you'll have to plug in. Supply power to you video card and HDD.
Run a SATA cable from the HDD to the motherboard. You might need to buy one, because the ones in the X51 look pretty short.

Connecting the front panel might be a problem. You might be lucky and the cables might be labeled as you pull them out. Given that its a Dell, don't hold your breath.

And it just occured to me that you'll be missing the I/O port cover. You can use the mobo without it, but most people prefer to have them installed.

In essence, you can get it to work with existing parts, but it'll be an easier experience with a new mobo. Question is: do you want to spend the money? And if so, what's your budget?

I am certainly open to a new mobo, and anything under $150 is good. Cheaper is better, but I want it to be of decent quality. If you don't mind my asking, could you possibly find me a few examples of mobos that would work?
post #26 of 29
You picked a full ATX case, do you want a full sized board too, or something smaller?
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You picked a full ATX case, do you want a full sized board too, or something smaller?

It honestly doesn't matter as long as it is compatible with my components, it fits in my case, and it is under $150. tongue.gif Sorry if I was unable to narrow it down.
post #28 of 29
Gigabyte UD3H
Asus p8Z77-v lk

I'm partial to Gigabyte, most of the manufacturers make decent stuff.

Check the Open Box items for LGA 1155 boards, there's some good deals there too.
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post #29 of 29
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Gigabyte UD3H
Asus p8Z77-v lk

I'm partial to Gigabyte, most of the manufacturers make decent stuff.

Check the Open Box items for LGA 1155 boards, there's some good deals there too.

Alright smile.gif Thanks. The Gigabyte looks nice, but that rebate on that ASUS looks pretty enticing too. Well, I have a little research to do then. Thanks for your help. I appreciate it biggrin.gif
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