Can I use an old case

  minter 02:09 22 Aug 03

Have an old Dell Dimension XPS D300 circa 1998.

I am building a cheap computer for my daughter and was wondering if it is possible to use the case with today's motherboards, or would it be easier to buy a new case.

If I need a new case, any ideas.


  Djohn 02:17 22 Aug 03

Morning minter, From the date I would think the case is an "AT" one, new motherboards are "ATX" and larger than what the case will be able to hold. If you have a local PC shop you will be able to buy an inexpensive "ATX" case from them.

Have a look at this site, near the bottom of the page, cases start at about £325.00 including a 300w PSU. j. click here

  Simon_P 02:19 22 Aug 03

1. If the old case is an ATX form factor midi or full tower case then the new Mobo will fit.

2. The PSU will need to be at least 300 watts (350 watts recomended) or you may have problems with under powered PC. this could lead to an unstable system.

3. A new case wont cost much £30-£50 try click here and type PC case in the search box

  Djohn 02:20 22 Aug 03

Sorry for the shock! £325.00 should be £25.00 :o(

  minter 15:26 22 Aug 03

Thanks, looks like a new case.

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