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Is swapping motherboard in XPS 420 possible?

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Hi. First of all I'm new to this stuff, my Dell XPS 420 is my first PC. After buying it I became interested in the whole "overclocking" stuff and wanted to do it to mine because I'm male and it has to be extremely fast. Unfortunately I found out I'd bought the worst computer to do it with, a Dell After sitting in a depressed state I wondered if it would be possible to buy a new motherboard, transfer my current hardware onto the new motherboard and overclock that?

Currently I have an Intel Q6600, a 8800GT, 2 320GB HDD's, a DVD drive, a Blu-ray drive and the RAM. Would it be possible to transfer all this over and if so what motherboard would be best. I want to upgrade the PSU as it's only 375 watts which I heard is pretty rubbish for having a stable overclocked machine. I also want to watercool the thing so cooling shouldn't be a problem.

Any help would be much appreciated as I'm new with all this stuff. Thanks guys and gals.
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post #2 of 20
BTX form factor, you're SOL.
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post #3 of 20
Basically you'll have to buy a new case as well. You can reuse all those components listed however.
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post #4 of 20
Not without swapping your current case. Dell uses BTX.

You can buy a new motherboard and PSU for under $200.
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Is there anyway I could save the case? Maybe gut it out but keep the outside the same? It'd be a shame to waste it. Any reccomendations for motherboards? Thanks for your help.
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Originally Posted by DarrenB View Post
Is there anyway I could save the case? Maybe gut it out but keep the outside the same? It'd be a shame to waste it. Any reccomendations for motherboards? Thanks for your help.
I'm almost 100% sure you are outta luck with swapping that MB in the current case.
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That's a bummer. Is it just a simple pull out and plug in job with a new motherboard? Would I be able to use the current wiring I have now or would I need new leads etc..?
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post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by DarrenB View Post
That's a bummer. Is it just a simple pull out and plug in job with a new motherboard? Would I be able to use the current wiring I have now or would I need new leads etc..?
Basically it's the form factor that Dell uses. The motherboard is BTX which can only go in cases that support BTX. The same goes for the Dell case. You can't but an ATX board into that case.

If you want to change the motherboard you MUST change the case. If you want to change the case only you just have to buy a case that supports BTX.

If you use all your current gear and a new motherboard and case you should be fine as far as electrical connections are concerned.
post #9 of 20
thou it would be a good idea to upgrade your power supply in the near future with all the overclocking your going to be wantig to do
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You CANNOT use that case with any store-bought motherboard. You *will* need a new case.
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