I'm new to PC DIY and I need help. I own a DELL PII 233 that comes with a 440LX chipset. I don't know the mobo brand. Intend to upgrade to i815E chipset and ASUS CUSL 2 mobo. I was wondering if new mobo will fit into casing and is my 200w power supply sufficient? Thanks for any help.
CHANGE THE POWER SUPPLY. CHANGE THE POWER SUPPLY. CHANGE THE POWER SUPPLY.
Whew, OK, here's why:
Dell's use a propriertary powersupply. While it looks like a normal ATX supply, and will plug into a standard ATX connector, the leads are different and will instantly fry a non-Dell motherboard. I would recommend a nice Enermax, in the 350 - 431 watt range. It would bolt right into the Dell Case. If it's a Dimension (which is actually a <A HREF="http://www.arstechnica.com/reviews/4q99/pa-600/pa-600-1..." target="_new">Palo Alto ATCX </A> case), the ATX board should bolt right in. If it's a Optiplex, it won't.
But I did some research over the weekend by downloading mobo manuals from Asus site. Found one that actually fits the iron casing (supporting the I/O ports), i.e. CUSL2-C, unlike CUSL2. I believe the iron casing which holds the I/O ports can also be changed if necessary.
BTW, my DELL is a Dimension XPS D233.
Thanks to gbates2b and camieabz. Will definitely change power supply.
Also, in course of research, I found an intel development site which gives info on the ATX Form-Factor standard (quite old). I don't have link on my laptop. I'll post it later for anyone who is interested.