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its a dell dimention 8400 intel 3.0ghz, 1gb ram, 80 gb hd. I am going to install:

motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813128056

processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103773

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227271

1. going to use the dell case. it will fit right? and work with the motherboard??? i know the case is micro atx.

2. the 350w power supply will be fine right? we will not be overclocking, and using the pci-e vid card that came with the dell. also we will reuse the 80gb sata hd.
thanks in advance!

3. That should be a good upgrade right?
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You can not reuse the PSU. Dell uses a PSU with 2 wores switched to work with their boards. At least they used to do that. You should still buy a better one though. And the ram, if you're not going to OC at all, then pick up this kit to save money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145098

Also, to save money, just get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194
And up the multi ot get the 6400 speeds, saves another $100

And one more thing. The case may be a BTX setup. I don't know if matx will work with btx.
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uhhh btx ok thats why the board looks so diffrent that my m atx. I wasnt sure. So if i upgrade i have to do the whols system pretty much??? thanks for the advise. Btw why did you pick that processor over mine, just out of curiosity?
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Yes whole system. Aside from the HD. Possably RAM.
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the dimension 8400 is not btx, if it was the mobo would be on the other side. Im not sure if it is regular uatx though, the mobo is screwed in on the corners, which would work for any other board, as long as its the same size...
my advice is, if at all possible, measure his mobo, and compare with what you're getting.
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Originally Posted by DREWK281 View Post
its a dell dimention 8400 intel 3.0ghz, 1gb ram, 80 gb hd. I am going to install:

motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813128056

processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103773

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227271

1. going to use the dell case. it will fit right? and work with the motherboard??? i know the case is micro atx.

2. the 350w power supply will be fine right? we will not be overclocking, and using the pci-e vid card that came with the dell. also we will reuse the 80gb sata hd.
thanks in advance!

3. That should be a good upgrade right?
DREWK281, I'm not entirely sure the GA board will fit in that case but I would probably avoid trying. I can almost guarantee there is some type of proprietary part in that case that will prevent you from adding in an aftermarket board...but it's always worth a try.
If you do decide to stay with that power supply, make sure it's a 24-pin and not a 20-pin. The MA69GM-S2H is a 24-pin motherboard. I'd strongly recommend not re-using the Dell PSU though. Go with something that is a little bit more in quality such as the Corsair HX or VX series.

Hope this helps
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I've done this to a Dell before and let me warn you before you begin: that case is nothing but trouble. It is poorly designed, the hard drive cage is non-standard (it bolts into the front, just below the optical drives), and the motherboard mounts are indeed proprietary.

If you really must use the Dell case, I would suggest at least using a different power supply (the power supply you have in there is ATX-compatible; Dell switched back over to regular PSU's in 2003 after a class-action lawsuit), and getting a cheap case off the Egg or a local store. Trust me, it will save you hours of re-drilling standoff holes and trying to cram all your new components into that tiny case.

And plus, you can show your friend how to do a complete re-build - fun, yes?
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his best bet would to be to sell it all as a set except the hd, then build from scratch.
EDIT~ 650th post.
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Originally Posted by majin death View Post
his best bet would to be to sell it all as a set except the hd, then build from scratch.
EDIT~ 650th post.
Majin, congrats on the 650th post and I strongly agree with you. Sell Dimension 8400 and use that money for the new parts

Good luck Drew!
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