I have a Dell Dimension 8300 and I am interested in upgrading the motherboard so I can have the functionality of PCI-Express, which is not supported. I am also running Windows 7 and my ATI Radeon 5200 is way outdated and plays my videos really choppy. I dont have the budget to buy a whole new computer so I wanted to keep my tower and upgrade my components piece by piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Be awere that the Dell "case plugs" may not plug directly into another motherboard.
I mean things like the power on switch, HDD LED, case speaker, and USB plugs.
I wanted to put my Dell Dimension 2350 setup into another case for better cooling (cheaper than all the fans, parts, and tools to do a case mod). I found that the new case plugs (Antec 300) could not plug into the old Dell motherboard. And I wasn't about to try to "re-wire" it and botch the whole thing!
Seems that Dell "modified" their motherboard connectors to work with their cases.
I wish I had pictures for you, but one thing I can tell you is that (my) Dell case had all these "wires" for their case compontents into one connector, that was incompatable with the case I wanted to put it intos wiring. I even looked at my other case(s). No Deal!
You have beed warned!
BTW: What is your systems processor base? Pentium 4, D, Dual Core, etc?
Nevermind, I just saw it's a upper-end P4 system >2.4GHz. What socket? 775?
Good luck finding a P4 board with PCI-e....but I guess they are out there!
Awesome..thanks a mill
Doogie, I have an 8300 and thinking of doing the same for a HTPC build on the cheap. Did you manage to upgrade? Would be interested in your story.. issues, gothcha, before i spend any $$$.