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September 11, 2010 4:22:37 PM

Can I put a non-Dell motherboard in my Dell Optiplex GX280 slim desktop case? I understand it takes a microATX, will the case connectors fit a non-Dell motherboard - like for the power switch, HDD lights, etc? And is the rear panel standard for a microATX?

There are lots of these cheap computers out there on craigslist and at goodwill and with their sff cases I thought it might make a cheap htpc.

Thank you, Jay

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September 11, 2010 6:33:34 PM

Ahead of you on this one, gwyddn. The motherboard in the Optiplex is custom - the standoffs are not standard. The power supply (at least in the one I have) not only is complete crap, it is non-standard in size. this would be very hard to work with and not worth the trouble. I got mine for free, upgraded it with memory from another machine and added an AGP graphics card for $15. It does fine for DDO.
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September 11, 2010 9:08:38 PM

^1 eloric!
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September 12, 2010 1:56:39 AM

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September 12, 2010 1:57:34 AM

eloric said:
Ahead of you on this one, gwyddn. The motherboard in the Optiplex is custom - the standoffs are not standard. The power supply (at least in the one I have) not only is complete crap, it is non-standard in size. this would be very hard to work with and not worth the trouble. I got mine for free, upgraded it with memory from another machine and added an AGP graphics card for $15. It does fine for DDO.



Thanks Eloric,
I'm officially scrapping that idea! Thanks for saving me the $$ and the headaches of having tried and failed.
-Gwyddn
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September 12, 2010 5:03:51 AM

you are welcome, Jay.
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