Question about Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop
I am trying to purchase a new motherboard for my dell dimension 4600. I found a refurbished one from the dell site, but it is 140 dollars and I am wondering if someone can tell me what other brand motherboards are compatible with my 4600 and obviously cheaper??
That particular Dell uses a power supply with non-standard wiring. The plug is the same size as an ATX plug, but it's wired differently. If you were to replace motherboard & plug in the standard power supply, it would damage the supply, or the motherboard, or both. Also, the front panel plugs (for power & power LED & hard drive indicator) are proprietary as well. Ideally you should replace it with another Dell Dimension 4600 motherboard. I've found replacements for reasonable prices on some of the auction places on the web. I recently replaced a failed motherboard in my Dimension 8300 with one I got from a popular auction site, I think my cost was about $59 plus shipping.
The other option would be to remove the hard drive, video card (if any), and optical drives, and consider a 'barebones' package from various sites such as geeks or newegg.
Posted on Jan 05, 2008
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