Dell Dimension standards question

Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Alex Johns » Thu, 07 Aug 2003 23:08:55


I'm buying a new computer. It's not my first choice, but Dell has been
selected due to a "gift card" I'd rather not waste. But Dell is hugely
overpriced. I'd like to know if the Dimension 8300 conforms to most
standards...or is it proprietary in some important way?

My past experience with proprietary subsystems, and the one I'm most
concerned with now, is memory. Can I use just any memory of the proper
speed in this system, or am I somehow limited to Dell memory (like my
Compaq could only use Compaq memory due to a PROM read during POST)?

How about the motherboard shape/size/mountings, power supply, etc? Just
trying to avoid getting stuck with something that can never be modified
or upgraded without Dell's help.

Alex
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Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Eddie Gran » Fri, 08 Aug 2003 01:19:09

Dell has got better recently, I have a 4400 and the only 'proprietary'
part(s) are the motherboard and/or front panel, however I've heard that you
can fix a microATX in, as the Dell cases only have space for 4 PCI cards.

As for PSU and Memory the PSUs are now standard, and the systems will take
any RAM (as long as it's the correct type e.g. PC2700 etc.)

You might get a better more accurate response if you post in
alt.sys.pc-clone.dell though

 
 
 

Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Alex Johns » Fri, 08 Aug 2003 01:49:48


Not carried by my news server and I'm not jumping through hoops to post
and read responses. Answers here will be enough for me.

Alex
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Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Adam Stein » Fri, 08 Aug 2003 06:07:48


I can't say anything about the 8300 series, but the power supply might be an
issue. I would suggest that you post in alt.computer...this issue is spoken
about there and you're sure to get a quick response.
 
 
 

Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Eddie Gran » Fri, 08 Aug 2003 20:24:07

>I can't say anything about the 8300 series, but the power supply might be
an
spoken

The power supplies are all standard ATX now, they have been for at least 18
months now.
 
 
 

Dell Dimension standards question

Post by Adam Stein » Fri, 08 Aug 2003 23:46:43


18

I'd say about time but it looks like I'm a bit behind the times ;)
Thanks for the info.