GX280 on 755 case?

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GX280 on 755 case?

  • Hi,

    My GX280 mini tower case is messed up and I was thinking to move everything (but the power supply) into a 755 mini tower case which already has its psu.

    Would the mobo work just fine on the 755 case and 755 psu without any fitment issues?

    Thanks a bunch.

  • No.  The two board form factors and cases are entirely different and completely mutually incompatible.

     

  • Thanks.

    Does the GX280 use ATX mobo? I've read somewhere about it and I'm under the impression that it does, but not sure. If it does, then can I just buy an ATX tower from Ebay or something and use it?

    Thanks again for the response.

     

    PS: Maybe I should explain what I'm trying to do. I'm building a family PC which I'm planning to connect to my 55" LCD TV and my receiver in the living room. This is strictly for internet browsing, pictures, and playing mp3s. No gaming, and I'm not even playing DVD movies on this thing.

    Therefore I don't need a fast computer, that's why I thought I'd start with GX280.

    The next thing to do is to put a somewhat decent video card and I'm thinking EVGA Geforce 8400GS. 256 MB, PCIe, and it has DVI out and HDTV support. Again, this is just for internet and picture browsing purposes. So am I thinking right here? Would like your opinions please.

     

    The thing is, the GX280 case is pretty messed up, so I want to change it to something that looks decent.

    Message Edited by jamoboy on 06-04-2008 01:26 PM
  • IT doesn't use ATX, it uses a Dell format. You may be able to fit another dell tower board into it but thats about it. I think my dimension 2200 was one of the last to fit into an ATX case
  • GX280 is BTX not some custom Dell format. The older GX280s were regular ATX

     

    I don't know if the wiring is incompatible or not (I doubt it) but the motherboard won't fit on a GX620/745/755 case.

     

    You need a GX280 BTX case.

     

    GX280 BTX mobo and GX620/745/755 mobos have different NIC set ups so it won't match up. Just get the GX280 BTX case.

    Message Edited by Hydralisk00222 on 06-04-2008 08:24 PM
  • This is the GX280 that I have:

     

     

    Not this one:  

    http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/spec_optix_gx280_en.pdf 

     

    The link above shows the GX280 with newer case that looks similar to the 755,

    thats why I thought it would fit.

     

     So does it mean I have the older GX280 with ATX mobo?

     

     

    Message Edited by jamoboy on 06-04-2008 08:57 PM
  • OK I just googled it up and a few said the GX280 was offered both in ATX and BTX, including wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_OptiPlex

     

    How do I make sure which one is mine? Where to look for clues?

    I can open the case up easily and maybe take some pictures to post. Thanks again for the responses.

     

    PS:

    Ok found this pic from Dell website and this is exactly what I have:

     

     

     

    And I've also read this:

     

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atx-btx-cases,1187-19.html

     

    So is it ATX then?

    The pic on tomshardware doesn't look exactly the same as diagram above.

     

    Message Edited by jamoboy on 06-04-2008 09:26 PM
  • Yes, that's correct, the GX280 is available in both ATX and BTX. The ATX model is the GX280, and the BTX model is the GX280-05.

     

    Easiest way to tell is by the motherboard direction. If the motherboard faces to the left, it's ATX. If it faces to the right, it's BTX. Based on the pics you posted, you havethe ATX GX280.

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  • Thanks Robin.

    I'm looking at your sig, do you have the same GX280 model as I do then?


  • jamoboy wrote:

    This is the GX280 that I have:

     

     

    Not this one:  

    http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/optix/en/spec_optix_gx280_en.pdf 

     

    The link above shows the GX280 with newer case that looks similar to the 755,

    thats why I thought it would fit.

     

     So does it mean I have the older GX280 with ATX mobo?

     

     

    Message Edited by jamoboy on 06-04-2008 08:57 PM



    You have the older GX280. This motherboard will only fit in the old style chassis; older GX280, GX270, GX260, GX240 and GX150.

    The newer systems (GX280-05, GX620, 740, 755, etc) they use a different chassis style (that uses a BTX-like motherboard layout), and it's not compatible with your board.

    Member since 2003


  • Dev Mgr wrote:

    You have the older GX280. This motherboard will only fit in the old style chassis; older GX280, GX270, GX260, GX240 and GX150.

    The newer systems (GX280-05, GX620, 740, 755, etc) they use a different chassis style (that uses a BTX-like motherboard layout), and it's not compatible with your board.

    Yes, I think we've established that my GX280 is the older model (ATX) and it wouldn't fit the 755 case (BTX) that I was planning to use.

     

    The next question is:  would I be able to just buy an ATX case from Ebay and transfer everything to it without any fitment issues.

    Thanks.

     

  • No. Dell uses a proprietary motherboard tray and the pin out for the power button, power led, reset button, etc is undocumented. Dell has USB and sound going over the ribbon cable they use, which I've never seen done for retail cases.

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  • What's wrong with your case and why are you trying to replace it? You might be able to find a case on Ebay. One from a GX150, GX240, GX260, GX270, or GX280 will work. Just make sure that it' the same form factor.

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  • There's nothing wrong with my case actually. This computer will sit in my family room, so I thought I'd find something that looks decent. This one is already beat up and missing the grey center cover.
    Message Edited by jamoboy on 06-05-2008 07:47 PM