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Dell Dimension 4700 Component Upgrade Possible?

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November 11, 2010 9:25:56 PM

I have a dell dimension 4700, and instead of buying a new computer to then upgrade, i wish to use my 4700 instead. the problem is ive seen alot of reviews about how when non dell components were installed, some form of malfunction occured. I was wondering if anyone had any info on the subject, reason being that im currently trying to install a [ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard] with a [AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX] CPU, ive already discovered that ill need to buy a new case, but my real question is if when i put these components into my 4700, will the other parts such as CPU fan, Disc Drives, and Power Supply work with the new CPU and motherboard. Any feedback on this would be great. Thankyou.
November 11, 2010 10:49:08 PM

I have decided to by a new case as well, so "having enough room" isnt a factor anymore, im a little confused on what u said on the power supply issue, but the case im looking at defiently seems to have enough room for all teh components. My real concern is the compatability

Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 11, 2010 10:54:27 PM

Ok thank you for ur input, u rly cleared up my conscious on this issue ( dont like dropping 400$ and being paranoid with it ) thanks again.
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November 12, 2010 12:44:28 AM

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that atx size board (ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard) will have problems getting into that case and having room for hardware if the boards even fits.
another issues is the power suppy, if it has enough power for the new board and cpu and a new power supply not not fit depending on the board that you get... you're going to have at least one issue or two.
your better off trying a mATX board and see.

with changes like that, why even use the old case when cases now can be around $50 for a good one.


Definitely go for a new power supply since usually Dell used a proprietary PSU that fit their mobos.
As far as your cd/dvd if they are sata then you can reuse those though since the board is the newest sata standard it would be better off going for a newer sata
hard drive drive.
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November 12, 2010 12:47:52 AM

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no problem bro.
i did work for Dell..
shhhh.. lol


Hey you weren't one of those Dell techs telling people that they over heated their computers
and that their wasn't anything defective on mobos like for instance capacitors LOL
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November 12, 2010 2:27:19 AM

True but it is probably older sata (1.5gbps) so a new sata hard drive for the OS would really help if his budget can handle it.
It isnt such a big deal for the dvd/cd but for a system drive it would definitely make the OS "snappier".
BTW what do I know? I am still using a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 IDE 7200rpm for my OS!!!
A blazing fast ATA100 baby! LOL Sob Sob Wipe a tear
I do have a PCI-X U320 SCSI card and 15k Cheetah laying around if I get bored and want to redo my OS...
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November 13, 2010 1:11:07 AM

My next step in the computer build is a SSD drive so i have that figured out i believe, unless someone has any info to think otherwise
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November 13, 2010 1:38:37 AM

^1 Good idea. Definitely the way to go.
Not much of a Dell 4700 anymore huh?!
At least peel off the Dell logo and paste it on the new case...
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November 13, 2010 1:42:53 AM

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no, I got the axe a few years ago because I didn't take a pay cut and I was telling people how to modify their units and still get away with it....;)
I then went back to school and got my certifications.
it's funny becuase now Dell wants me to be a area service tech...
ain't that some ..... :na: 


Hey didn't Dell start off in a college dorm building white boxes?
I gotta to google Michael Dell and see what the latest news is.
Last I heard they were going to reach verdict in lawsuit concerning faulty mobos
and Michael Dell was facing criminal charges for insider trading.

Just researched:
1) lawsuit over bad mobos still pending trial
2) M. Dell faces charges from S.E.C. for fraud and misconduct for using income from Intel for padding growth
earning reports to investors.

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November 13, 2010 1:58:31 AM

Yea pretty much its own unit after i put on all those components. No more 4700 :) 
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November 13, 2010 2:11:49 AM

What are you going to use for a power supply?
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November 13, 2010 2:22:54 AM

Um i have been looking at alot of different power supplies on newegg ( which i have discovered is your best friend for computer components ) and so far ive seen a few good power supplies but have alot of problems with failure after a few years. I want a supply to have enough power to support my new graphics card when i get it so...

At the moment im looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 13, 2010 5:44:18 AM

As a fellow lurker of this forum... heres some other high quality psu choices for ~$50-60
Corsair CX400W (BACK IN STOCK?!?!?) $29.99 after MIR ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

corsair vx550w $49.99 after MIR (69.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Neo Eco 400w $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec Earthwatts Green EA430D $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There ya go =]
(i have the corsair tx750w....my dad has the corasir cx400...solid stuff..)
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November 13, 2010 8:57:37 PM

i think ill go with the corsair vx550w $49.99 after MIR (69.99) u stated above, sounds like a good match for my components and budget
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