what cools will fit?No, there isn't. And it won't work anyhow. Dell does not use standard pinouts on their motherboards and fan headers. You need to return the cooler.
If you want something with more performance and better cooling, you will need to start from scratch with a standard ATX mid tower case and standard hardware. OEM systems suck for this exact reason unless all you are doing with them is using them for internet browsing or as basic office workstations.
I was able to put the cooler on the mobo, would it just be worth getting a new case?Certainly it CAN be done, but there is definitely a technical aspect involved and for a user who was unaware that there could be a height issue with an aftermarket cooler, it might be a stretch. IDK really, but it's definitely not a good sign.
Regardless, we'd need to know exactly what the height is from the top of the CPU to the side panel, before we could even begin to guess at what might fit that case. It may be that somebody out there has done the footwork to determine this already, but I didn't see anything with a quick search and I think it's probably a recipe for trouble in THIS particular instance anyhow. But hey, if the OP is capable of putting in the work required to make it happen and can get the clearance specs, then we can certainly be bothered to tell them what coolers might fit, even though that information is readily available.
Now get off my lawn.
but dell might sell a case for it?You may not be able to "just" get a new case, because many of these Dell motherboards are NON-standard, and won't line up with the mounting holes OR the back I/O panel on any standard micro-ATX, ATX or mini ITX case with standard mounting patterns and I/O cluster arrangements.
It also will in MOST cases, not accomodate the proprietary power supplies that come in most Dell prebuilt systems. Without MAJOR modifications and rework, it's just about impossible to use Dell hardware with aftermarket hardware because they simply are not compatible with each other.
If you get a new case, then yes, your cooler might then fit, but you'd have to get a different motherboard and power supply to make it all work together. There are a few exceptions, with some Dell systems having standard ATX hardware, but those are not the norm. It's possible, but we'd need to know the EXACT model, and Inspiron 3670 is NOT the exact model. It's the series.
There are several different types/form factors of 3670. Generally Dell offers Desktop, Small form factor and Mini tower versions of most of it's series so knowing the form factor type or the service tag/express service tag would be helpful in determining what might or might not work.
Do u reckon it’s fine to leave the side panel off?I'm sorry, but I've done swaps of motherboards and power supplies (As well as swaps of OTHER hardware INTO their chassis, and other seemingly minor upgrades that have turned into nightmares) from Dell, HP, Compaq, E-machines, Gateway, IBM and others, who've all used proprietary hardware in their systems in one form or another over the years, and I can tell you that while they are all guilty of this to some degree or other on at least some of their systems, Dell is currently by far the worst offender and it is never an easy process especially for somebody who has no experience with modifications.
We can assume the level of difficulty is even higher for somebody who has admittedly already purchased a CPU cooler that was too tall for such a case. Obviously, anybody can make anything work with anything else (In most instances) if they are determined enough, have the proper tools and have a skillset that lends itself to being both handy and creative, but those are characteristics that don't apply to everybody and even when they do there are simply common sense rules that say doing so is probably not worth the end result.
The obvious and simply solution here is to simply run the system with the case side panel off, OR replace the cooler with a shorter version.
As far as the I/O goes, no idea if that is even a possibility because some of their boards don't even HAVE the I/O in the same place as a standard ATX board, instead putting it in a location that would line it up with where the PCI slot cutouts in the case would normally be or moving it just enough to not align with a standard case.
Sure, it's possible if the stars all align, but I think it's a poor idea unless you live somewhere where there is no other realistic option AND you have the tools and experience, or the assistance of somebody who has them, to do the job without a major "oops" that results in having no system at all.
i was thinking of just getting a new case, mobo and psu. If i do that will everything work or do some parts do i need to change? ThanksGreetings!
Darkbreeze is correct regarding the proprietary nature of Dell systems, however if you are keeping/moving every component from the Dell, the process is not that difficult if you are handy with a simple tap and drill. If you have the BR4 installed and working, you are off to an excellent start and kudos to your tenacity.
The only real issues you will have with moving the system into another case is fitment. Being that Dell uses proprietary parts, certain things may need to be lightly modified in the case. For example, the power supply may not be a standard size or have the standard screw mounts, but often a drilled hole here and there can create a sufficient mount for the PSU.
The next hurdle as mentioned by Darkbreeze is the mobo mounting. If you are handy with a drill, you can easily just transfer the hole pattern from the motherboard to the tray of the case by marking through them with a pen/pencil and then drilling them out with a small drill bit and them tapping them for threads so that you can screw the standoffs in at the correct locations for the Dell mobo. I know that may sound like a lot, but if you are at all handy with tools, then you know this is actually like a 5 minute task, and the only thing you may need to acquire is the right size tap from the hardware store...M4 is generally the standard thread for these, but there can be variations like ASE 6-32.
The last issue would be the I/O panel. This would probably just be best solved by going without one and leaving the opening clear in the back of the case...not the prettiest, but it is in the back
I have transferred/modded Dells in this fashion in the past with little trouble...as long as I am keeping all the parts from the system. A case is a case, and maybe this will inspire you to consider just how creative you can get.
Just make sure to measure your motherboard with the BR4 for height before selecting a case. Cases will list their available clearances in millimeters (eg: tower cooler clearance 174mm, etc.) but that does not include the motherboard. A few moments of measuring and research and you should be good to go if you want to move the system.
I hope this helps!
i have an i5 9600k, my mobo, case and psu are dell so i wanted to replace those as well as get a bigger case, another issue i may run into is the windows license since dell has thatIf you did that, then yes, it would work, but it might not be worth spending the money on a motherboard right this moment. Possibly though. What CPU do you have?
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