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Old 07-14-2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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Question Changing computer cases?

Would it be hard to change a computer that is in a desktop case (wider than it is tall) into a tower case? (I would be buying this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811153034

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Well, you'd have to unscrew your motherboard and unattach all drives, and reattach everything to the new case. The only thing you wouldn't have to do is reinstall the CPU or the memory, but you'd hav et odo everything else. What are you changing it for, because it doesn't seem worth the time or money for a change in decoration.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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The most important thing is make sure the motherboard will fit in there. It's going to be a very tight fit if that's the case you want according to your link. I would just go for a mid tower case.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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k thanks. so do you think someone who's never built a pc before would have a lot of trouble with the transfer?
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:34 AM   #5
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It's pretty straightforward. Everything is screwed down and all you have to do is unscrew everything and move it into the other case. The only part you have to be careful is recognizing the other case's wires. Make sure you plug those wires in to the correct pins on the motherboard for the power switch, reset, hard drive LEDs, etc.
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:11 PM   #6
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Alright. And should I be looking for one with/without a power supply (i already have one in my other pc)
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Old 07-14-2005, 12:30 PM   #7
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K i found this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811195004

how's that look? it's a midtower. so it wont be troublesome moving the parts from a desktop-->tower case?

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Old 07-14-2005, 04:55 PM   #8
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Alright, I have the following PC:

http://www.epinions.com/pr-Hewlett_P...ay_~full_specs
(with 512MB RAM upgrade and CD drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811195004 is the case i want to buy.

will this work out?

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Old 07-14-2005, 04:58 PM   #9
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only thing I can see you might have to contend with would be the difference in wiring of the motherboard. The new case may have different labeled wires or have some using molex connectors and what have you. For a newbie at building, it might be a little confusing, but with help from the people here at CF, we can get you through it.

BTW ... I'd stick with the 450w power supply from the new case. Do you have specs of the motherboard you plan to transfer? i.e. brand/model #. You haven't told us anything about those things ... we may find that your motherboard is incompatible with the power supply connectors or something of the new case.

**edit** I see you listed that you have a slimline pc. Hmmm ... got to make sure it is ATX compatible. You see ... the several connectors on the back ... i.e. ps/2 for keyboard and mouse, usb, etc. ... might not be lined up to be compatible with a typical ATX tower case that you're wanting to transfer to.
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Old 07-15-2005, 12:11 PM   #10
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Alright. I actually decided on this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811153031

And I assume i should still try to use the built-in power supply. So how can I test whether or not my motherboard will be ATX (PS, what does that stand for?) compatible? Is it worth the risk of spending 30 bucks on the case?

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I'm not sure how to find out what motherboard i actually have... I am running slackware 10.1 so if theres a command thatll let me know, I'll try it out.
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Old 07-15-2005, 12:25 PM   #11
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ATX is the standard by which most current (& common) motherboards are built so that they are compatible with ATX cases, power supplies, ... etc. Basically, it's so all components are compatible no matter what vendor you buy from. For example, if you buy a MSI motherboard, it will fit in a ASUS case, as long as they are ATX compatible, which I figure 95% of what you're looking at on newegg.com are.
I think its a huge risk to buy that case and attempt to put your slimline motherboard in there. Im fairly confident that the standard for slimline is called something else ... not ATX. Just dont think you will be successful in what you are trying to accomplish.
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K, what if I buy a new motherboard? Could you help me in finding one that would be compatible with my current hardware?

(http://www.epinions.com/pr-Hewlett_P...ay_~full_specs)

P3, 500MHZ, 512MB RAM, etc?

And, obviously, that would be ATX compatible?

Something cheap, even used (like ebay) would be great.

And before looking at new motherboards, wouldn't it make sense for me to find out which one I have currently just to make sure its not ATX?

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Old 07-15-2005, 01:48 PM   #13
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You've got to look around on your own ... do a Google search for specs on your model.

Are you a working man/woman 07mackenzie? If so, honestly, I'd start putting aside some money ... maybe a goal of $500? and build a custom P4 machine. It all depends on what you're wanting to do with your current machine. Just internet? ... then just leave it as is. If you're wanting to get into a gaming machine, or a more powerful processing machine ... then I'd start saving my money.
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Old 07-15-2005, 02:53 PM   #14
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Well the thing is, it's just an experimental pc that i use to try out linux distros and surf the web occasionally.

I took some pics of the back of the pc: lemme know if they help to determine what type of case it could work in. They look VERY similar but not quite the same as the MicroATX Midtower backs (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Showim...upply+-+Retail)

here are the pics of my pc:

















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Old 07-15-2005, 03:06 PM   #15
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And I think this diagram might help a bit:

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Old 07-15-2005, 03:31 PM   #16
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Why do you wish to change boxes out?
I will tell you right now that you will NOT be able to use that motherboard in any other case. It is an extremely proprietary board: meaning the everything on that board was built and designed for that universal case. If you wish, you can probably use the optic drive(CD-rom) and the floppy but that all depends on the button set-up of the two drives. Other than that, I think that the best deal that you could do with it would be to sell it at a garage sale or to a neighbor or donate it and start over.
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Old 07-15-2005, 03:47 PM   #17
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Honestly I really just wanted to change boxes because I wanted a more attractive one. The beige is just aghh and doesn't match with monitor, keyboard, or mouse...

hhahaha so it's not an essential thing :P is it possible to just spraypaint a case black *obviously taping up the things i dont want painted ?
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Yeah if you know what you're doing.
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Old 07-15-2005, 04:16 PM   #19
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get some chrome spraypaint at your local Lowe's or Home Depot ... that'd be kind of cool! Chrome goes well with black ... no?

I'd take everything out of the case though before doing it. Gives you a chance to learn how a pc is put together, so you'll be ready when you build your screaming AMD 64 3500+ Venice machine or whatever! LOL
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:58 AM   #20
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hahahaha sounds good :P I'm thinking I'll get black and silver paint and do a crazycool job of painting
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