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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I have a Dell Dimension 8300 Desktop that basically got fried thanks to a power surge. It's pretty much been written off as a loss, but I was curious about using it as a chassis and building a new PC. But this is something I have never done before. So keeping in mind that it's several years old, can I find new components that will fit and work properly? Or are motherboards pretty brand-specific as far as what they'll fit in? Can you get ones with PCI slots, even if the PC wasn't designed for that, etc? I know I'm sounding like an idiot, but as far as computers go, I'm kind of an "out of the box" type person.

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Ok, so I have a Dell Dimension 8300 Desktop that basically got fried thanks to a power surge. It's pretty much been written off as a loss, but I was curious about using it as a chassis and building a new PC. But this is something I have never done before. So keeping in mind that it's several years old, can I find new components that will fit and work properly? Or are motherboards pretty brand-specific as far as what they'll fit in? Can you get ones with PCI slots, even if the PC wasn't designed for that, etc? I know I'm sounding like an idiot, but as far as computers go, I'm kind of an "out of the box" type person.

The Chassis dimensions will be what determines what motherboard you can use. If it is big enough to accommodate a new motherboard, PCI slots, PCIE cards, etc... without any issues... then you are golden.

The last computer I built was using a case from a 75mhz computer. (No, that isn't a typo). The only reason I swapped cases later was because that case was so insanely ugly.


The power supply will most likely need to be changed out, though.
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Yeah, I plan on getting a new MB, memory, video card(s), sound card and power supply. The HD was ok, and my Uncle installed Linux on there for me, which will be a new experience for me. Is there somewhere I can find out what the crucial dimensions are, and what MB's will fit? It's a rather sizeable box, so I don't think fit should be an issue. But then again, I'm more of a "user" than a "builder" when it comes to computers.

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You guys know how to edit a .pdf? I need to change some shit but it won't let me...
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You guys know how to edit a .pdf? I need to change some shit but it won't let me...
Adobe acrobat I think. But from what I understand it's a pricey program. Maybe if you try that magical thing we know as google, you might be able to find a freeware or open-source program that can do it.

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A PDf is more of an image than a text file. You can either get the full version of Adobe Acrobat ($$$) or try this: http://www.nitropdf.com/professional/trial.asp

I don't know if it works, but it has a free trial period so it's worth a shot. I have Acrobat Standard so I can convert PDF's back to Word, JPEG, HTML, etc., but only if they are not protected.

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A PDf is more of an image than a text file. You can either get the full version of Adobe Acrobat ($$$) or try this: http://www.nitropdf.com/professional/trial.asp

I don't know if it works, but it has a free trial period so it's worth a shot. I have Acrobat Standard so I can convert PDF's back to Word, JPEG, HTML, etc., but only if they are not protected.
The file says it's protected under the properties. Does that mean I'm SOL?
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The file says it's protected under the properties. Does that mean I'm SOL?
With Adobe, yes. Try the Nitropdf though.

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Yeah, I plan on getting a new MB, memory, video card(s), sound card and power supply. The HD was ok, and my Uncle installed Linux on there for me, which will be a new experience for me. Is there somewhere I can find out what the crucial dimensions are, and what MB's will fit? It's a rather sizeable box, so I don't think fit should be an issue. But then again, I'm more of a "user" than a "builder" when it comes to computers.
If it is a relatively large case, you shouldn't run into any issues at all.

You can try searching through newegg. They give "Compatible" motherboards as part of the specs for new cases. It will give you an idea of what you are looking at, even though it isn't bible.


Worst case scenario, you end up buying a new case. Depending on what you get, they typically range from $30-$150. Not that bad.
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Having the case is my excuse to build a new computer.

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