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Motherboard For Dell Precision 390

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I have a Dell Precision 390 Workstation the motherboard is bad i need to replace it. Do i need the exact same motherboard or a another Dell motherboard that fits that case, or can i buy another brand. Please help me with suggestions thanks!

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General Desktop type: Budget desktop system

Processor / Chipset: Type Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 / 1.8 GHz

RAM: Installed Size 1.0 GB Technology DDR2 SDRAM

Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar Capacity 80.0 GB

Optical Storage: Type DVD-ROM Read Speed 16X

Graphics Controller: Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285

Operating System / Software OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Pro 64-bit, with Media
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi,

Since Dell is designing their own housing (cases) their motherboards our likewise designed so YES you need the same type.

Luckely EBAY is full of good and cheap sparepart suppliers.
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by:Vast41
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Should i get a used one or a new one for ebay? I found one here for $150.00 to much?

http://www.thebestpartinc.com/dn075.html
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by:dbrunton
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It appears that the case and board have proprietary features so you can't replace the board itself with another brand.

See http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19340750.aspx

Hmm.  From your description of your system it seems it has only 1 Gb of memory and a Core 2 Duo processor.  If that is true I'd go shopping (browse Internet sites such as Tigerdirect and Amazon) and see what else you can find for say about $400-$500.  You'd get a 1 year warranty and vastly superior performance.
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi,

$150 with 90 days warranty sounds like a reasonable deal. If it doesnt break in 90 days i would be confident i bought a good product.
Offcourse dbrunton has a valid advise but we cannot look into your budget or are aware of the fact why you need that system up and running.
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by:Vast41
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Hmm.  From your description of your system it seems it has only 1 Gb of memory and a Core 2 Duo processor.  If that is true I'd go shopping (browse Internet sites such as Tigerdirect and Amazon) and see what else you can find for say about $400-$500.  You'd get a 1 year warranty and vastly superior performance.
You mean buy a new machine? I think Patricksr1972 idea for e-bay was a better one
$150 with 90 days warranty sounds like a reasonable deal. If it doesnt break in 90 days i would be confident i bought a good product.
Thanks
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by:dbrunton
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If you think that's the better way then go that way.
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi Dbrunton

Since i am not affected by any crisis i would go your way EVEN if i HAD to use a serial port which isn hard to be found on any new systems (except special higher end MB's)

Again, we dont know why Vast needs this particulair system up and running.
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by:Vast41
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then paying 400.00 -500.00 dollars sure
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by:nobus
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Vast41, any reason you need this OLD pc running?
your options are :
repairing it will cost150$ + time
a new system can run older programs in VM if needed - and cost4-500$
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by:Vast41
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Yes cause it's not mine Nobus i am helping someone fix it, e-bay has them for less then $150.00 if i could only find the one i need
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by:pgm554
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by:Vast41
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Try these guys,85 bucks.

http://www.serversupply.com/products/part_search/pid_lookup.asp?pid=123692&gclid=COucyNm59bcCFeh_QgodnSUA_A

I used them before.
Will look into them thanks
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Youre welcome, please know the link ($68) i send you from ebay is a powerseller, with 4601 sales they score 99,8% Positive feedback.
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by:Vast41
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Youre welcome, please know the link ($68) i send you from ebay is a powerseller, with 4601 sales they score 99,8% Positive feedba
That's good to know, what if i wanted to upgrade the motherboard will i have to replace the cpu, ram etc? Any suggestions for an upgrade?
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Hi.
normally upgrading means literally more ram and faster cpu. Since BTX wasnt a very succesfull form factor the chances are slim you will find a fitting and faster mainboard. If lucky your PSU is very lickely not powerfull enough.
so if there is budget for upgrading my advise is buy a new uptodat ATX mainboard and chassis.
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by:nobus
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upgrade options :
1- you buy a simlar mobo, supporting better cpu; ram can be the same or not, all depends on the model
2-new mobo needs other cpu + ram ( eg upgrade from a single cpu P4 to i-3 or i-5)
this means the whole mobo architecture is different and faster, needing faster ram too
this includes other options, like USB 3, sata 6 Gb
3-high end  mobo : will need other cpu , ram, but can have integrated video (in cpu)

in most Dell systems, you are tied to DEll boards, since the connectors and cables  are not compatible with others in many cases ( eg. front panel, disk and cd driev cables, even power supply and connectors)
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by:Vast41
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so if there is budget for upgrading my advise is buy a new uptodat ATX mainboard and chassis.
Do you mean a atx motherboard and a case?
1- you buy a simlar mobo, supporting better cpu; ram can be the same or not, all depends on the model
Do you mean saying "better" a new cpu?
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by:Patrick Bogers
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Yes atx mainboard and atx chassis because the form factors differ like day and night. Atx is left side assemble where btx is right site.

Yes better then core2 is new like i5 or i7.
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by:nobus
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i meant - if you buy another mobo, you can buy the same and use the same CPU.
you may be able to find similar mobo's - supporting better = newer cpu's
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