I expected this to be as easy as it was last time - unplug and replug cable by cable, easily. It's not going to be, now that I've really looked at the cable work inside the case. Cables are tied up, underneath the PCU, and I believe below the Mobo. The reason I need to upgrade the PSU is so I can use my new 9800GT. The computer in question is a Dell XPS 400, P4 build, stock 375W PSU.
My questions for Gfaqs -
1. What would your plan of attack be? How should I go about rerouting all these cables so that I can use my new 450W Corsair? My plan at this point is to unscrew the other side, and see what happens, though I won't be doing this until tomorrow.
2. Am I safe to use the 375W on the EVGA 9800GT 512MB (Other specs include 3GB RAM, 2 160GB HDD's, and a 3.2 GHZ P4)? The second of the HDD's can always be unplugg'd, because I still have to mess with the RAID setup on it.
2. You're safe to run your 9800GT with that Dell 375W PSU. It uses less power than a GTX 260 which is known to run on that PSU.
1. Does the right side of the XPS 400 case even come off? If not, you're probably stuck taking the whole motherboard out.
Uhh, well, it looks as if I can unscrew it, but what I believe to be screws don't have the normal screw tip with indentations. It's a straight circle. Bad description, but you may be able to figure it out. I'm going to work on getting some photos.
You need to loosen the screws on the left side of the heatsink shroud and swing it towards the I/O plate, then there are a couple of wire clamps that need to be released in order to pull the cables.
Be prepared to clean the cpu and heatsink and reapply some thermal paste.