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Well the way I'd wanna wanna do it is one peice at a time so really no budget but I would like to keep it cheap to the point so I can play any of the new games but not spend a fortune
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Do you think I could put together a good enough rig for 1,000?

The impression i got after reading through this thread is that you'd have something more of a $300 budget.

$1,000 will get you a very good machine if you build it/get it built. and not from Dell

with that you would get possibly:

quad core
4Gb ram
1tb HDD
single mid/high end gpu 1gb
500-600w power supply
keep antec case? why not.

i guess something along those lines you can expect of the major parts.
post #32 of 63
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I just want the abillity to be able to play any game
There are some DOS games that won't be compatible with Windows . . .

Some questions:

1. What resolution will you be playing at?
2. What settings do you want enabled? Full eyecandy? Max AA etc.
3. Which games will you be playing on it?
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Most Dells I've worked on have a custom plug for their front panel connectors. This will present a problem when trying to plug in the antecs standard front panel connectors to your dell motheboard, since dell uses their own plugs. Just my 2 cents.
Edited by slaney30 - 2/9/11 at 6:38pm
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The impression i got after reading through this thread is that you'd have something more of a $300 budget.

$1,000 will get you a very good machine if you build it/get it built. and not from Dell

with that you would get possibly:

quad core
4Gb ram
1tb HDD
single mid/high end gpu 1gb
500-600w power supply
keep antec case? why not.

i guess something along those lines you can expect of the major parts.
Hahaha yes you are completely right. I love this case basically and hate seeing it laying around in my room. But i did buy this case because of the fact that i wanted to build one from scratch so i can play new games(especially battlefields new vietnam mod). So what i was hoping to do maybe was put my computer in this case just so i can use it and start buying parts as i can afford them as i go along.
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Hahaha yes you are completely right. I love this case basically and hate seeing it laying around in my room. But i did buy this case because of the fact that i wanted to build one from scratch so i can play new games(especially battlefields new vietnam mod). So what i was hoping to do maybe was put my computer in this case just so i can use it and start buying parts as i can afford them as i go along.
Please read my last post. Can you get better pictures of the cables coming from your power button and to where they plug into your motherboard?
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Please read my last post. Can you get better pictures of the cables coming from your power button and to where they plug into your motherboard?

this ok?
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this ok?
Perfect, exactly what i needed to see. If you look at your connectors in your antec case running from the power button, you'll notice they are all seperate and not on one big plug like your dells. This is because Dell outfits their cases with a custom plug that is wired differently so that they only work with their dell oem motherboards. They can be rewired, but that involves a lot of work and is not a simple swap.

Your motherboard cannot be swapped directly into the antec 900 without you making modifications
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Perfect, exactly what i needed to see. If you look at your connectors in your antec case running from the power button, you'll notice they are all seperate and not on one big plug like your dells. This is because Dell outfits their cases with a custom plug that is wired differently so that they only work with their dell oem motherboards. They can be rewired, but that involves a lot of work and is not a simple swap.

Your motherboard cannot be swapped directly into the antec 900 without you making modifications
awesome thank you so much for the help man, when i opened it up and saw how it was like wired like that i was like uh oh not as easy as i think its gonna be. So say if i just wanted to swap cases, could i just buy a new mobo for now and recycle the rest of the parts and continue swapping for new parts while i have the money? I have a little over $200 for a mobo right now
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im not sure if its mATX or BTX, if its the later then your SOL.
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awesome thank you so much for the help man, when i opened it up and saw how it was like wired like that i was like uh oh not as easy as i think its gonna be. So say if i just wanted to swap cases, could i just buy a new mobo for now and recycle the rest of the parts and continue swapping for new parts while i have the money? I have a little over $200 for a mobo right now
I know these Dell motherboards: The front header IS NOT THE PROBLEM and can be easily wired in. THE PROBLEM IS that the CPU heatsink is secured by a black plastic frame with one clip on each side (with green locks on top) in which is secured by special standoffs/holes in the motherboard tray which the black plastic frame gets screwed into - this is where any aftermarket computer case will not have those standoff holes. Maybe the right shortened screws with nuts might work but without a backplate one takes the risk of damaging that motherboard from tightening. The holes for that heatsink retention are not standard so no aftermarket CPU cooler would work on that as well as that Case fan has to be used otherwise the Dell Bios will "burp" on you. In short you'd have to find a way to secure the CPU heatsink rentention, must use the case fan and might have to somehow cable tie another fan to the heatsink due to the loss of the green shroud.

Another thing all: That is a Matx motherboard and NOT BTX.

Yes Dell made computers with BTX motherboards but the OP's one isn't one of them.

The OP either has a Dimension 2400, 3000, B110, 4600 or 4700 which are all Matx motherboards and the difference is that the 4700 has a 4 pin case fan as the others have 3 pin with a unique plug but all of them are proprietary and need to be plugged into the Dell motherboard.

There are a very very few aftermarket replacement fans that can be surgically altered to make it work with the Dell BIOS and a fan has to be plugged into the motherboard.
Edited by nickt1862 - 2/9/11 at 7:19pm
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