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What motherboard can i upgrade to inspiron 518

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January 16, 2013 2:17:11 AM

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard to suit a better CPU and upgrade Ram to DDR3. i have having trouble finding anything. i know dells are hard to change motherboards over with the connectors. im wondering if its worth it. my specs on this computer are model Inspiron 518 /Cpu Intel Core 2 duo 2.66 Ghz / Graphics card NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 Ti/ Operating system windows 8 64Bit / Ram 8GB of DDR2 / power supply 550w Thanks for your help.
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January 16, 2013 10:28:59 AM

Dell use the BTX case, it can't use other format MB, you are better and easy to buy the new hardwares. But if you are interesting to modify the Dell case to fit you need. I found the site to show how to change the BTX to ATX case.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?1869...
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January 17, 2013 1:20:00 PM

cin19 said:
Dell use the BTX case, it can't use other format MB, you are better and easy to buy the new hardwares. But if you are interesting to modify the Dell case to fit you need. I found the site to show how to change the BTX to ATX case.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?1869...


so if i switch to a atx case all i need is case, MB, Cpu, and power supply correct. i can just transfer the rest of my parts.
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January 17, 2013 2:18:13 PM

You need new case, MB, CPU, and DDR3 (2x4GB) RAM, and the PSU maybe ok. It depends on how old it is, and what brand too.
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January 17, 2013 2:57:26 PM

cin19 said:
You need new case, MB, CPU, and DDR3 (2x4GB) RAM, and the PSU maybe ok. It depends on how old it is, and what brand too.


ok. i said the power supply only because of the way it sits in the case. It works well. ill look into it more after i order case and motherboard, cpu, Ill post on here what i went with. just got to make sure i get one with a PCI slot for my graphics card. Thank you very much for your insight and help.
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January 18, 2013 11:12:56 PM

thank you very much Cin19 for all your help. i told you what i went with and here it is. A gigabyte intel Z77 ship set, DDR 3 ($150)/ Intel Core i5 3rd Gen 3470 quad-core 3.2ghz ($230) /Rip Jaw DDR3 1600 mhz 2x4 gb (60.00)
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January 18, 2013 11:41:43 PM

also i got a new case. was the same for this computer but new. guess i could have put a new atx board in it cause its not a dell case. but this one is not beat up. its a Raidmax Sagittarius black. if you want email me at joecorry@yahoo.com and ill send you a pic of the finished project. im about to put it together tonight. and if you have any more advice i would love to hear it
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January 25, 2013 11:12:20 PM

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