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Can i put a modern DDR3 motherboard into a dell dimension 4600 case?

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March 4, 2012 12:04:52 AM

for some time now i have been upgrading an old dell 4600 with new parts but now i have what i think are the best parts the motherboard can take for it (model number 0f4491) and i want to build a new more powerful gaming pc to play more modern games with, nothing super powerful just something that wont take forever to load games or have them lag and i am trying to save as much money as possible by reusing older parts in it. I think the first thing i need to consider is the mother board, i want to get one that uses DDR3 because that ram is cheapest and works the best and i want to use my dell dimension's case which i think will hold it but i am not sure what will work so can anyone help me out with some suggestion for one that is not too expensive but works well with games. Here are the parts i want to save:
1000 gb hard drive, ATI radion HD 4650 1GB GDD2 graphics card, and whatever else you think is salvageable. also here are some pictures of what it looks like http://wellconnectedlife.wikispaces.com/Mom+-+Dell+Dime...

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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2012 12:13:52 AM

whats your budget?
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March 4, 2012 12:16:01 AM

i don't really have a set budget yet
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2012 12:22:09 AM

you need one so i can know what to pick,btw that GPU will probably bottleneck the computer
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March 4, 2012 12:25:47 AM

ok well i guess it could go up to 150$
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March 4, 2012 12:34:04 AM

thanks for the suggestion man so this will use DDr3 ram and my ati radion 4650? and what CPU does it take?
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2012 12:41:55 AM

it will use DDR3,2nd generation i3/i5/i7 and it will work with your gpu,but the 4650 will be a bottleneck just to let you know
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March 4, 2012 12:48:26 AM

so my graphics card will slow it down? (not quite sure what bottleneck means) so ill need to get a better one? also can you suggest some good ram and CPU to use for it?
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March 4, 2012 12:54:59 AM

also someone else said that i cant use standard ATX board only a micro ATX is that link you gave me a micro ATX?
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March 4, 2012 1:04:31 AM

ok thanks for all the help man guess I better start saving up lol
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2012 1:05:30 AM

good luck
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a b V Motherboard
March 4, 2012 1:58:18 PM

willieon said:
for some time now i have been upgrading an old dell 4600 with new parts but now i have what i think are the best parts the motherboard can take for it (model number 0f4491) and i want to build a new more powerful gaming pc to play more modern games with, nothing super powerful just something that wont take forever to load games or have them lag and i am trying to save as much money as possible by reusing older parts in it. I think the first thing i need to consider is the mother board, i want to get one that uses DDR3 because that ram is cheapest and works the best and i want to use my dell dimension's case which i think will hold it but i am not sure what will work so can anyone help me out with some suggestion for one that is not too expensive but works well with games. Here are the parts i want to save:
1000 gb hard drive, ATI radion HD 4650 1GB GDD2 graphics card, and whatever else you think is salvageable. also here are some pictures of what it looks like http://wellconnectedlife.wikispaces.com/Mom+-+Dell+Dime...

It's a workable idea, there are a couple of issue's;

1) You really need a bigger budget *

2) The front panel power connection uses a 10-1 connector and the wires will likely be to short, means you will need to replace the power button, pwr_led and hd_led wires
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
No sys speaker or reset on the Dell, have to add those yourself
Local PC shop I deal with always has a pile of old systems for recycle and allows me to scavenge them for a couple of bucks

3) Front sound, Dell uses a proprietary connector that requires thier mb, a Sound Blaster sound card or some modifications, pinout is here;
http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.php?showtopic=...


Here's one I did ( before attaching any case fans, 90/92mm works, remove HD cages and install 1 as intake and 1 as exhaust, install HD in fdd bay )


* Components I used
MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wouldn't suggest reusing the Dell psu, you don't need a 520w, it's just what I had sitting around
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also going to need an OS
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October 22, 2012 7:43:16 PM

delluser1 said:
I wouldn't suggest reusing the Dell psu, you don't need a 520w, it's just what I had sitting around
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Very helpful post! If you're still watching this thread, would you anticipate any connection problems with the Dell PSU and a modern board? I'm looking at a low power build to replace the original guts in the 4600 I gave my mom, and the PSU has gone strong for 8+ years now. I know there are two ways to look at it (8 years of reliability vs. 8 years of wear and tear), but I'm inclined to "not fix it if it ain't broken" if there won't be compatibility problems.

I'm looking at building around an AMD A8-3850 combined CPU/GPU with this AsRock mobo or similar and a SSD, so unless I'm radically underestimating the impact of 4-8GB DDR3 1600 RAM, the 250W PSU should have power to spare.

Any thoughts are welcome.

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