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Moving parts from a Dell E521 to a home built PC

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May 11, 2009 10:08:51 PM

I currently have a Dell E521 but I have upgraded the CPU, PSU, Ram, GPU and sound card to the following. I game at 1440 x 900 resolution (Samsung 19inch LCD) on XP.

Athlon x2 6000 Windsor
PC Power and Cooling 470w
2GBs 800mhz Ram
Asus 9800GT
Creative Sound Card

The set up currently works great, I play Far Cry2 on high settings with 4AA @ 40-70FPS and Crysis on mostly high settings with 2AA @ 30-40FPS.
The issue is I would eventually like to move to a tri or quad core CPU and rather then build a new PC from scratch. I would like to carry over as many parts as I can. So basically bring all the parts stated above as well as my hard drive, DVD drive, and DVD -R/RW burner. Then add all these parts to a new motherboard and case. Has anyone done this before with a Dell hard drive before? Are there any issues I should be aware of?

I'm also looking at the following cases and motherboard, any recommendations/reviews?

Cases
Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
ASUS M4A78 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




May 13, 2009 12:54:39 AM

thanks for the reply AKM
a b B Homebuilt system
May 13, 2009 1:01:14 AM

You shouldn't have any problems moving those parts into a custom case. The problems usually lie when going the other way, and upgrading the parts inside a retail case.
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