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I have a Dell Optiplex 360 machine and would like to start upgrading a few components rather than purchasing new machines. I was thinking of starting with the motherboard and processor. I'd like to upgrade to a 64-bit from the standard 32-bit. Is there anywhere I can find out what motherboard will fit in the Optiplex?
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Dell motherboards are frequently built with non-standard size and non-standard mountings.  You will need to extract the motherboard from the case, measure its dimensions, measure the location of its mounting holes, and then check to see if these match the ATX motherboard specification or the microATX motherboard specification.  There are also other form factors; see the Wikipedia article for details.

Note that even if the motherboard matches a standard form factor and mounting, this is not a guarantee of success.  Dell was, in the past, a particular offender in not using standard ATX power supplies.  The power supply must also be checked to confirm that it matches ATX specifications.

Finally, most modern motherboards use 24-pin connectors, not the legacy 20-pin connectors.  If you plan to use a modern motherboard but the Dell supply uses a 20-pin connector, a new power supply that fits in the Dell enclosure is required.
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Dell Optiplex cases normally use a non-standard layout and so only Dell Mainboards and Powersupplies will fit. I wouldn't try upgrading, as that will probably be more expensive than getting a new PC. A Dell mainboard that fits in would probably only be available as a 2nd hand board and not new, as Dell normally doesn't sell boards.

Apart from that you'd have to get a new OS, and if you will be running an m$ OS it would probably already be included with a new PC...
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Also put a plan together and measure the dollars to upgrade and the value of your time to upgrade. It is almost always not cost effective to upgrade. Why? New computers come engineered as a unit to bring new features at a competitive cost.

I agree with the above that OEM operating systems are also cost-effective. ... Thinkpads_User
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The Optiplex 360 uses a uBTX motherboard and they are no longer produced. So an upgrade is not feasible.

I agree that it is usually more cost effective to purchase a new PC than to replace motherboard, CPU, memory, and OS.
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