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Swap Dell 4700C Motherboard into New Case

My Dell Dimension 2400 motherboard died, leaving me in the lurch. A friend offered her Dimension 4700C, but the CD drive and network card on it are also defunct, and there aren't enough expansion slots/USB ports to plug in everything from the old computer. Is it possible/desirable to move the motherboard from the 4700C to the 2400? Any special tools or knowledge (other than avoiding static electricity) needed if it is possible?

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Let's make this really simple, though you are apparently knowledgeable enough to realize the answer,
without my intervention.

Knowing what we both know about the units and their present condition.
1. The 2400's board is dead.
2. The 4700C's network card and CD Drive (hence, the slots and/or inputs on the motherboard, and
therefore the motherboard are also dead.) I am willing to bet you that in another system, the network
card and CD actually work.
3. All Dell® system's are totally proprietary in the board design and even the placement and removal
procedures for all drives.
4. Neither system is state-of-the art, but you knew that also.

ergo

Since you know enough to protect for ESD I will take a shot and acknowledge that you could build from
a barebones kit a new unit, using any of the parts from the two systems that actually work and end up
with a brand new system that will work for you for an extended time period into the future.
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Yes and no.
yes you can swap the motherboard. it will fix but the bad news is you have to take everything from the 4700C. power supply. inclding the HD. the 4700c comes with SATA HD and the 2400 is IDE. if her HD still works then that is what you have otherwise, you have to re-install the operating system.
the 4700c should have 2 USB in the front and 5 USB in the rear. how many USB port do yu need?

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As long as the form factors are the same ie ATX then it should be fine - also ensure that cooling will be fine and that hardware wise it will all fit in then it should be fine if either of them are under warranty then I would check with Dell.

what things do you need to plug in as a network card only takes up one PCI slot, a dvd rw drive replacement is cheap and can either be IDE or SATA so dont see how that would take up extra space in terms of slots ?

If you need more IDE or SATA slots you can get another PCI card to support that / them.

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