Upgrade options for Dimension 8200
Posted on 2003-11-11
Hindsight 20/20. Now that I think about it, I should've built my own computer. Because of time shortage, I decided to go with Dell's Dimension 8200 machine. My question is this - the unit needs a new power supply because I think with all the extra cards and peripherals, the paltry 250W PSU will blow someday. I also need to double its current memory of 256MB.
Considering that the absolute cheapest option will be to find Dell's proprietary power supply, there's no guarantee that I'll find a 400W unit that I want. The price will also be not very competitive. The next option will be to buy a motherboard, PSU and memory and fit it in Dell's box? This way I'll not only get a kickass motherboard but get faster memory as well. I can just use my old P4 1.8GHz processor and upgrade it later on.
Can anyone please tell me if a standard ATX motherboard fit in a Dimension 8200 box? And what options do I really have?