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ejn63 wrote: "How is it possible to modify those connectors, which are part of the case, without any case modifications?"Because the case and wireing are two seperate parts.Not one modification has to be done to the case itself.The case is standard mATX no matter how hard your finding that to be true."The back panel won't fit the new board either"That is why when you buy an aftermarket board they include a new rear I/O panel.Since these style Dimension cases are standard mATX the Dell I/O panel simply snaps out and the new one snaps in." and neither will the Dell heatsink assembly"That is true once you swap to a non Dell motherboard you can not use the stock heatsink(why would you wont to?) but many non Dell heatsinks fit with no problems whatsoever."particularly if you switch to an AMD CPU - an obsolete socket 939 one at that - in the process"I cant argue with that statement about socket 939 even though i have two in Dell Dimension 3000 cases right now working fine.That is also why i suggested going with one of the low price Dells not only would he gain the PCI Express but also be upgradeing to dual core cpu,DDR2 ram, better powersupply and have a warranty through Dell for less money."Basically the proposition is to trade one dead end for another."You can upgrade to lastest Core2DUO,Socket AM2 cpu's and motherboards using this case since mATX is not dead. CORE2DUO IN Dell Dimension 3000 case:
fireberd wrote:I agree with the others that a "standard" motherboard will not fit in the 3000 (or any other Dell). With some Dell's you can do major case mechanical modifications and get a retail board to fit but it's not worth it. I've seen micro tower cases advertised as low as $25.
steele_ wrote:I replaced the MB in my Dimension 2400 (which has the same chassis as the 3000) with a mATX mobo, although it took some time to get it to fit. The cooler was a very tight fit, but once everyhting was installed, things worked fine. "I doubt you can take just ANY motherboard". I used an ECS 661FX-m, which fit quite nicely. Other boards might not fit aswell. It has to be mATX form factor.
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SpeedStep wrote:A Dimension 4600 I motherboard would be a drop in replacement with AGP.You would need to change the back panel however as they are different.
Here's a Dimension 3000 upgraded with an ASRock 960GM/U3S3, Phenom II X4 945 with Cooler Master Hyper 101 heatsink, 8gb DDR3, Sapphire 5670 DDR5 video card, 2tb hard drive and 120gb SSD. The power switch has been replaced with a generic unit having longer wiring bought from Directron, the USB connector has been extended with a cable made from FrontX parts and the front audio port has been rewired (with factory crimps) to standard Azalea 2x5.
As it turns out, the power switch is quite generic and slips out, allowing a replacement with longer wiring to be inserted. Replacement kits (with power switch, hard drive and power LED) are available on eBay from sellers in China (where the parts are made) for as little as $3 including shipping.
This thread ranks high on a Google search, so I thought I'd update it.