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Will a enermax 720w psu fit in a dell 4600 dimension?

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October 13, 2007 9:30:45 AM

I desperately need to upgrade my psu but not sure if this enermax i have my eye on will fit in my case, its a standard dell 4600 dimension case. Any help greatly appreciated!
a b ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 12:31:06 PM

Checking an old dell forum post, someone used an antec truepower 330w for his dell 4600, so the enermax should work fine if it's a standard size. If you want to be safe, measure your old ps and look for dimensions for the enermax on their website or at newegg.
October 13, 2007 12:49:05 PM

ok cheers o1die, ill get my tape measure out. thanks for the help.
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a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 12:57:54 PM

You can use any standard ATX power supply that is of the same physical size, but why would you want to put such a powerful unit in ?
If you intend to build your own and migrate the psu, then it's a good idea. If you're just replacing it I would look for something less powerful and less expensive.
The machine cannot be upgraded enough to ever require anywhere near a 720 watt psu.
You can get a Dell 350w/28a unit that would be more than enough, here
http://www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=1115
October 13, 2007 1:40:06 PM

I don't think upgrading to a 350W PSU is much of an upgrade.
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 2:16:24 PM

Guess that would depend on what he currently has, either a 250 or 305, but it's an older machine that is not that upgradeable ( AGP card slot, the 9800 Pro was the highest upgrade that Dell made available and other cards available today won't use much more power than it did ), and really wouldn't need more than the 350.
October 13, 2007 2:35:24 PM

True, but if he can get a PSU that is name brand with more power for a few more bucks, which he can, then it would make no sense to buy a dell PSU.
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 2:44:31 PM

I can agree with that statement, but the Enermax he has chosen is a more expensive unit ( $200 or so ), like I said, if he's going to migrate it to a new build go for it, if it's just a replacement it's not worth spending that kind of money.
October 13, 2007 2:51:28 PM

delluser1 said:
I can agree with that statement, but the Enermax he has chosen is a more expensive unit ( $200 or so ), like I said, if he's going to migrate it to a new build go for it, if it's just a replacement it's not worth spending that kind of money.
Well then your response should have been buy a cheaper name brand like this one. CORSAIR VX450W 450W CMPSU-450VX

Edit: oops they are out of stock try this Amazon.com: 450W Vx Atx PS/2
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 3:09:11 PM

In 7 years of working on Dell's I've only had to replace 2 due to failure.
The psu I linked to is a Dell unit, so there would be no question about compatibilty, it is more than enough power for the machine in question and is still less expensive than the Corsair.
There is no need for a PCIE connector in his machine and the extra wires the Corsair has would pose problems with trying to hide them all.
I reccomend the VX450 to anyone who has a larger Dell case but his mini tower would be much more cluttered with it.
October 13, 2007 3:28:39 PM

delluser1 said:
In 7 years of working on Dell's I've only had to replace 2 due to failure.
The psu I linked to is a Dell unit, so there would be no question about compatibilty, it is more than enough power for the machine in question and is still less expensive than the Corsair.
There is no need for a PCIE connector in his machine and the extra wires the Corsair has would pose problems with trying to hide them all.
I reccomend the VX450 to anyone who has a larger Dell case but his mini tower would be much more cluttered with it.
Yeah, I know Dell is famous for screwing people over with the nonstandard PSU, but I thought they stopped that years ago. :pfff:  I guess tying up that extra connector would be a real problem. :lol: 


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Manufacturer P/N: C3629
Category: Dell Power Supply
Item Code: 0C3629
Condition: New OEM
Price: $59.00
Shipping cost:$10.40
Total cost $69.40
Warranty: 30 Days



Corsair VX450
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$69.40-$56.00 = $13.40 total savings

How did you determine that the Dell was cheaper?

Quote:
Each Corsair VX power supply is backed with an industry-leading 5-year warranty and 24/7 on-demand customer service.


So lets see if we can evaluate the information
Dell 350W 30 day warranty $13.40 more
VX450 450W (100 more Watts)
5 year warranty -- 4 years and 11 months longer than the DELL.
$13.40 cheaper.

Cons for the VX450 --- extra cable to hide.

Now what were you saying? One quick question, Are you a Dell fanboi? Never mind, I think I have my answer.
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 3:42:36 PM

Zorg said:

How did you determine that the Dell was cheaper?


Now what were you saying? One quick question, Are you a Dell fanboi? Never mind, I think I have my answer.


By not clicking on the link and finding out about the rebate.

Yes I guess you could say that I am a bit of a Dell fanboi, having used many of them over the years with less problems than any DIY's that I've had.
October 13, 2007 3:53:05 PM

So then you agree that the VX450 is a better option?

Edit: The real concern, That was addressed earlier, is the form factor. I think I would still whip out the Dremel though. Also, your concern of proprietary wiring is a concern, but I think it would have to be a much older Dell. It should still be verified to eliminate the possibility of the blue smoke escaping.
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 4:37:54 PM

I still don't believe it's a better option, due to the wiring, but I certainly agree that it is a better unit, I have the HX620 in my box.
There's no need for a Dremel, the 4600 has the open back design that allow's for any standard unit to be used without having to cut up the back for a switch.
October 13, 2007 4:51:38 PM

It is not that hard to verify that the wiring isn't one of the proprietary ones. I had read a post where the guy had to take a Dremel to the case to get it to fit, but that isn't very daunting.
a c 243 ) Power supply
October 13, 2007 5:03:58 PM

I think we're on different pages concerning the wiring, the motherboard has a standard ATX pinout so no problem there.
My concern is regarding the extended wire lengths and extra wires that would need to be bundled in the case.The VX450 has wires that are long enough for full tower use and has 2 SATA power lines and a PCIE line that are not needed.
For some people the very thought of taking a Dremel to thier case is daunting.
October 13, 2007 9:36:20 PM

Oh, so your not referring to how Dell tried to help out their customers by mis wiring the 20/24 pin mobo plug. so that when you didn't buy from them, then you fried your mobo for being disloyal? If you are just talking about taking a rubber band and wrapping up the unused cables, then that really isn't a problem. I agree some people shouldn't touch power equipment of any kind. Some people should just buy a Dell and let mommy Dell handle everything for them.


Edit: OK that was a little nasty, I was frustrated. I take the mommy Dell comment back.
October 24, 2007 10:18:26 AM

Thanks for the replies folks, it seems it will fit. Yep the reason im upgrading it to a powerfull psu is because want to take it with me as i slowly upgrade my pc. Trying to get a much done before i get a new case, motherboard ect.
October 24, 2007 12:40:36 PM

Well, in that case....the PS is a good foundation to build on. Personally, I have found the older Dells difficult to work on. There just is not much space in there to do anything. They are nice and compact, to be sure, however I prefer the big cases where there is a lot of air flow, and room for your hands.
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