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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:41 am 
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My buddy's motherboard is shot and i need to find a replacement. It is off of a Dell XPS 400, the serial number from the board is CN-0YC523-70821-5AL-J0E2. Can anyone help me identify this board so i know the specs I need to find for a replacement?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:20 am 
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That, if I remeber right, is a BTX board. You might have the best luck seeing if Dell has one they can sell to you. Aftermarket BTX boards are rather hard to track down.

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BTX? Is that a form factor? I am not familar with that type. The computer is like 5 years old, would you say that buying a replacement from Dell would be more expensive then just buying a new computer?

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BTX is a short-lived, not widely used formfactor designed by Intel and a few computer manufacturers. Basically, it redoes the entire board for better cooling, along with a few other things. Gateway, Dell, and HP all used BTX for a short period of time.

A new board from Dell (assuming they even still sell them) would be around $200, and it would fit the case. Replacing with a new aftermarket, ATX board would require a new case as well. Intel is the only company that made BTX boards, so you'd pretty much have to dig for one.

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http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/s ... #wp1053398

its an OEM board the only replacement is a board from Dell and the board is none standard shape and i would also guess the mounting holes ar also in a none standard place

the answer is to build from scratch

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