Solved

Dell GX260 Case - Motherboard Upgrade

Posted on 2009-07-01
7
1,739 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have an old GX260 computer with Linux installed - it's sluggish and doesn't run very well.  It's probably more than 7 years old, that may have something to do with it. :)  Anyway, the case, Power supply, CD drive, etc, are still in good working condition so I would rather not purchase a whole computer.  I would like to know if it's possible to purchase a new motherboard/processor/memory and put it in this GX260 case.  Is this possible, or does dell make proprietary motherboard form factors?  I am not sure if this is an ATX...  Any help is greatly appreciated - please let me know what I can do!

Thanks,

Br
0
Comment
Question by:volumeIII
7 Comments
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
kenzacm earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
Hi Br,
I Believe the best choice with replacing your motherboard first of all is dont go to dell for it as their outstanding motto is "If its not Broken we will break it, if we broke it we will break it even more"

On a whole you will find plenty of decent motherboards for your Dell, although now-a-days we are all Sata not IDE so you may find most motherboards only have one IDE Slot in, which means either your DVD Drive or your HDD will have to be replaced with SCSI, i would recommend your hard-drive and ghost your data accross personally.

Do you have any more queries?
0
 

Author Comment

by:volumeIII
Comment Utility
>> Do you have any more queries? <<

I am really just interested in form factor information...  What kind of motherboard should I purchase?  Will an ATX motherboard fit in this case?  Is the dell power supply going to work with that motherboard?

Thanks,

Br
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:kenzacm
Comment Utility
Looking at your case and having a look at mother boards its very doubtful you will get one to fit in there in all honesty, as its not the biggest of things, your best bet although it regrets me to say it is call Dell and see if they have any replacement higher-specced motherboards compatible
0
IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:FlooringPro
Comment Utility
The ATX form factor 12 in × 9.6 in (305 mm × 244 mm).   If your existing board measures roughly that, then you are using an ATX form factor.  Dell would be silly to try to use something that isnt standard, since they buy in bulk for all their components (im not saying it doesnt happen of course).  
Make sure when your looking at MB/CPU's that you take into account clearance for the CPU cooler.  Most CPU coolers, no adays, resemble very small automobiles.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:FlooringPro
Comment Utility
Oops missed the PSU question.  Voltage requirements for most new PC's will require you to update the PSU.  There is a seperate 4pin power lead, not found on older PSU's, although required on newer boards.  Hope this helps.
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:PUNKY
Comment Utility
Kenzacm is correct, any standard ATX (mid,mini, etc.) you can get in market will not fit in GX-260 case. Consider the cost if you have to buy from Dell, sometime new system is better than looking for replacement.
GX-260.JPG
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:FlooringPro
Comment Utility
If an aftermarkey MB wont dimensionally fit inside the case.  Then consider buying a case/psu combo.  Quite often you can pick up a cheap case which will include a psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090007%201054808287%201295819208&name=Yes
Try here for several case/psu combo's.
0

Featured Post

Maximize Your Threat Intelligence Reporting

Reporting is one of the most important and least talked about aspects of a world-class threat intelligence program. Here’s how to do it right.

Join & Write a Comment

This article is a cursory discussion of Intel SpeedStep Technology (SpeedStep) and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST).  The goal is more to illuminate what these technologies are and are not.  The detail of how each technology works is not a…
You have seen this as an option on your internet browser before or it may be completely new to you.  But what does this mean and why would I use this?
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

7 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now