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May 13, 2011 5:39:29 PM

I'm upgrading an old Dell desktop for a person who's really only going to use the box to do AOL-based email and some web surfing. This is a budget upgrade. I'm going to put XP Pro on it.

It's got a 200W PS in it, which I'd like to keep.

My current build plan, all from NewEgg, is as follows:

o AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
o Foxconn M61PMP-K AM3 NVIDIA MCP61P Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
o Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
o Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive (open box)

Anyone see anything that's going to cause a problem here? Will that 200W PS be enough?

Also, the current MB is a standard Micro ATX 9.6x9.6, while the Foxconn is 9.6x8.2. Can I assume the mounting holes are standardized from the back edge and will still line up even though it's not quite as wide?

TIA for the feedback.

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May 14, 2011 3:59:43 PM

Dell uses quite a few BTX cases. The Micro ATX board may not fit in the old Dell case.

Here are some images of ATX Vs BTX: http://www.google.com/search?q=ATX+Vs+BTX&hl=en&rlz=1G1...

Not only does this affect the mounting holes, but some of these boards just will not fit in a BTX case.

Try and stay away from the 'Green' drives; too many problems. And do not go for 'open box' HDD for the main drive. Try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 15, 2011 5:30:46 AM

Ubrales said:
Dell uses quite a few BTX cases. The Micro ATX board may not fit in the old Dell case.

Here are some images of ATX Vs BTX: http://www.google.com/search?q=ATX+Vs+BTX&hl=en&rlz=1G1...

Not only does this affect the mounting holes, but some of these boards just will not fit in a BTX case.

Try and stay away from the 'Green' drives; too many problems. And do not go for 'open box' HDD for the main drive. Try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for pointing this out. The old system is a Dell Dimension 2350 and based on a comparison of ATX vs. BTX pics and the specs from the Dell website, I'm 99% sure this is an micro ATX. However, during my reading to determine this, it became pretty clear that one is better off also replacing the PSU when putting in a new mobo. I also pulled the specific specs based on the asset tag. It's over 10 years old and doesn't even have a DVD drive in it. As a result, I think I'm going to recommend a new build, which I'll post in a separate message.

What's your concern about a NewEgg open box HDD?
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May 15, 2011 2:41:43 PM

Arete One said:
What's your concern about a NewEgg open box HDD?

Generally, 'open box' items are customer returns. Some may be fine; others may not be fine. I don't like to take a chance on this.
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May 22, 2011 1:59:16 AM

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May 22, 2011 6:12:40 PM

Thank you!
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