Changing motherboards!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by after556677, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. after556677

    after556677 OSNN One Post Wonder

    I just bought a Dell Dimension 3000 2.8ghz 80gb 1.25 ddr, but it does not have a AGP or a PCIe slot how hard would it be or if even it is possible to switch the motherboards out so i can have a AGP or PCIe slot?
  2. _kC_

    _kC_ Moderator

    would of been easier to buy a better pc..

    depending on your expierience with pc's, isnt a huge job.. just make sure the new board is the same socket as your cpu.. you will probably also need to re-instal or at least a repair instal of your windows too.
  3. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

    Worcester, UK
    If you don't want to assemble a whole new PC you may want to at least get a new case and PSU as you could have a great deal of trouble fitting a regular mobo into a Dell case, and you may have trouble fitting a Dell PSU into a regular case! Aside from that, just make sure the mobo has the correct socket for your CPU as Kc says.
  4. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

    London, UK
    Personally? My WTG here would be to buy case and mobo and take out from the Dell all the bits I wanted to keep - probably not the PSU, so you may want to consider a CASE/PSU option for economy also. You may well find cost benefit here gets dicey and it is worth considering buying low spec parts to swap into the old Dell so you end up with two rigs for the price of one and a half kinda....

    Just my pennyworth there... whatever that comes to in $'s! :p
  5. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    I got to agree with MFG...

    First depending how old it is, anything you do to change the config voids the warranty..

    Its simply easier to build a secondary machine...

    Now if it is already out of warranty, then go for it, if you are so inclinded, but I warn you, manufactured PCs are a pain in the ARSE!

    you would be better served buying the parts for an entirely new PC.
  6. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

    Looks like it's brand new.. thats too bad
  7. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    I pulled up the pictures on the Dell website. It looks like a standard micro ATX MB layout. The rear panel connector does have a removable pop-out. The only problem area may be the exhaust fan shroud from the CPU cooler to the rear of the case. You may have to leave that off with a new MB.

    Now the risk issues:
    -The copy of XP home you are using may be rigged (liscenced) to only work on a Dell brand MB. If that is the case you have to buy a new copy of XP.

    -The power supply may be too small to add a serious vdieo card (I assume you want gaming capabilities). Pull it out and find the label. Post the power rating (300W, 350W, 400W, etc) and the current ratings for the +3.3V, +5V and +12V and any limitations mentioned like "combined 3.3V and 5V load should not exceed 180W" adn we can tell you what it will support.

    -Case cooling may not be good enough if you add a hefty video card. What cards are you considering?

    Aside from all that there is a procedure for swapping MBs. Sometimes it works sometimes you are forced to do a clean install. Basically you go into Device Manager and uninsatll all of the devices (video, audio and system). Then install the new MB and boot up.

    If you try to install a new MB make sure you physically have ALL of the setup, driver and XP CD's for that Dell. They often put the repair or install data on a seperate partition on the HD. If you trash the new MB install and decide to give up and go back to the Dell MB you will need everything in CD form.

    Any chance you can just order a new MB from Dell with a video card slot? It will be more expensive than buying one off the shelf but will avoid some of the technical risks above.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2005