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Have you thought about cutting a hole right under where the 6990 fan is? That would reduce temperatures drastically.
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Nice work with the DELL cases I have a few DELL and HP towers I am getting from my uncle and might do similar mods to them. Thanks for the inspiration to move ahead with the projects.
    
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Wow, I was going to do a DELL case mod but my friend decided to give it to me later.

Good luck man
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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 that my GF uses. I am thinking of doing this now for her computer rebuild. Nice work! Anyone know if the 4700 case is MATX?
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post #45 of 57
I think most Dell motherboards back in the day were mATX.
post #46 of 57
Nice work. Here's what i did to the family Dell a while back:



I don't have a picture of the front, but it's white and orange - it makes me sad that it's sitting under a desk where nobody can see it, and that the P4 hardware is back in it. For a while I was looking around to see if I could find another 2400 to mod - it's really not a bad case.

Edit: I had a 4830 in there while I was using it. That picture must have been taken after I temporarily bricked it. The CPU is an unlocked Sempron 140 ().
post #47 of 57
Is there enough space between the back of the motherboard tray for wires? I see you're using a modular PSU, so I'm sure it'd be less bulge.
post #48 of 57
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Citra View Post
Have you thought about cutting a hole right under where the 6990 fan is? That would reduce temperatures drastically.
That was the initial plan but wasn't necessary as the front intake is enough.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rick Arter View Post
Nice work with the DELL cases I have a few DELL and HP towers I am getting from my uncle and might do similar mods to them. Thanks for the inspiration to move ahead with the projects.
Thanks!

Yeah its always fun to see just how much you can get away with in these small dell cases.

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Originally Posted by bigfatwilly View Post
Wow, I was going to do a DELL case mod but my friend decided to give it to me later.

Good luck man
Thanks and when you get the case makes sure to create a thread. Always fun to see how people go about making dells hold beast hardware.

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Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post
I have a Dell Dimension 4700 that my GF uses. I am thinking of doing this now for her computer rebuild. Nice work! Anyone know if the 4700 case is MATX?
Thanks!

The 4700 uses the same exact case as mine (2400) so yes it uses an mATX layout.

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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
I think most Dell motherboards back in the day were mATX.
Yep most likely they were.

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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Is there enough space between the back of the motherboard tray for wires? I see you're using a modular PSU, so I'm sure it'd be less bulge.
The side panel behind the mobo is riveted in place so there is no way to access that area and also I don't think there is enough room back there for wires anyways.


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Originally Posted by t-ramp View Post
Nice work. Here's what i did to the family Dell a while back
That looks amazing! Would never be able to tell that used to be a Dell.

Nice job!
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Is there enough space between the back of the motherboard tray for wires? I see you're using a modular PSU, so I'm sure it'd be less bulge.
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Originally Posted by sexybastard View Post
The side panel behind the mobo is riveted in place so there is no way to access that area and also I don't think there is enough room back there for wires anyways.
Like he said, the side panel and top are one piece, so I had to cut them apart and made some screw holes so the side panel would be easily removeable. There's not a lot of space behind the motherboard tray, but it works okay if you spread the wires out.
post #50 of 57
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So I got my good camera and took pics of the finished product. Got a microcenter 64GB SSD and now the thing flies. Also added a CM R4 as the front intake so that helped temps quite a bit.

just a front/side shot


In this pic you can see how air can come up through the bottom of the case and into the front 120mm fan


And here is another vent underneath the Dell logo to allow more air in


not the best cable management but its the best i could do in this case. Also you can see the SSD taped underneath the 3.5 bay lol


this is how close the front 120mm fan sits to the GPU so the temps are very good.


pretty boss hardware for a dell!


this is where I cut out the mesh for the 120mm fan.


annoying LEDs lol but you can't see them with the side panel on.


and finally the last the pic


and so there you have it: My stealth Dell build.

I am very happy with how everything turned out. It runs cool and quiet and looks really stealth.

O yeah and the WEI index... pretty nice although the 4870X2 should get atleast a 7.7 since one 4870 gets 7.5.

Edited by sexybastard - 4/3/11 at 11:47pm
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