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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi,

The reason I am writing this is because of the front IO. I was able to get the rest working. 

 

The fans:

For the CPU fan I mounted the front fan from the original case to the CPU Cooler with one screw and just plugged that into the CPU fan port on the motherboard.

 

For the front fan I had a fan the I already hacked the wiring on that I had in my Dell Optiplex 330. The wiring and the plug are the same.

Black to black, Red to Red, Blue to Blue, Yellow to Yellow or White. Depend on who made it. Original fan in Optiplex 330 was Matsushita. The Yellow and the blue are critical because one is tach signal and on is fan control. Black ground or negative, and Red Positive. 

 

For the CPU Heatsink:

I right now am use the original cooler with a universal backplate from a Corsair H60 cooler to secure the heatsink to the CPU. It works the same way that the standoffs on the Optiplex's chassis do for the CPU cooler mount. Clears all of the solder points on the motherboard and has teflon spacers.

 

The PSU is a Corsair 500 watt unit. Just plugs in like any other board. 

 

The motherboard mounts with 6 standoffs and screws.

 

The power switch is out of the Optiplex.

It was the right cable length, no need to modify switch or cable. I did however mod the case to accept the switch. Just pop off the button and put the cable through the front of the font panel. It's crude but it works. Connector has 5 wires and a really small plug.

 

Now for the part that I need help with.

I need to get the front IO part done. It looks like I need a front USB3 extension cable for Motherboard to Motherboard out with pin 20 removed to plug the dell cable into it. 

The audio cable is a problem to. Also Front IO has a HDD light on it too and whatever Dell did with wiring to produce error message.

 

Machine runs and boots after pressing F1 to dismiss error message. No error about fan failure after installing modded fan.

 

I also remove the hard drive bay form the case and used a Icy Dock 2.5" x2 to 3.5 " drive adapter. I secured it to the bottom of the case.

 

Dell did a good job of complicating things with the front IO. I will have to make a front IO panel for USB, Audio and HDD activity light. Also while using Dells wiring and extending it.

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honestly dude this build is fantastic, I'm really impressed with how you just went for the mods, kinda wanting to do this with my 780 sff now


I got a computer

And now I list my specs

 

Dell Precision T3600

The Main PC

Intel Xeon E5-1650 (6c 12t @ 3.2GHz)

8GB [4x2GB] DDR3 @1600MHz

EVGA GTX 1050TI SC
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB

Windows 10 + macOS High Sierra

still waiting on Mojave NVIDIA drivers wen eta

 

Dell Optiplex 780

The Server

Intel Core2 Duo E8400 (2c 2t @ 3GHz)

8GB [4x2GB] DDR3 @1333MHz

GeForce 8400 GS Revision 3

WD Blue or something, 330GB

Ubuntu Server 19.10

 

Peripherals

HyperX Alloy Core

Roccat Kone AIMO

Steelseries $10 mousepad I bought at Walmart idk what it is

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Make sure that the MOBO is not inverted. Some boards have PCI slots on the right side of the board instead of on the left. That black socket is for audio and USB 2. I found that the blue socket is for USB 3. I did not know that it had USB 3 on the front till I looked at panel. Getting audio, USB 2, and front HDD activity light is going to be a problem. I will be able to at least get the USB 3 ports to work with a extension cable. Look at board before trying anything.

 

I was able to fit the front IO panel by modding the front 5 1/4" bay cover to fit the front IO panel. yes the electric tape looks bad. Right side ports are USB 3.  I just did mod now.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Example of a inverted motherboard is a HP Z220. Well built machine, but you wont be able to use the board in a standard case because of the PCI slot being on the right side instead of on the left. Thus calling it inverted.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I think my Dell Optiplex 960 is like that too. Meaning inverted. The reason that I switched my Optiplex 7010 is that It is Ivy Bridge. I will be able to install a I7-3770 in it. Also a better heat sink than the Low Profile one installed now. Just need to mod fan or make adapter.

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42 minutes ago, Eric Kazer said:

Optiplex 7010

Um, where does the air for the front intake fan come from?

Also, you may need to check NewEgg for those cables you are looking for, you can probably get the correct length extensions that will meet your needs.  


Gaming With a 4:3 CRT

System specs below

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 AMD Ryzen 5 2600x
Motherboard: Acer TC-780A(KBL) Gigabyte B450 Aorus m
RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) of DDR4(Mixed two brands and speeds, Kingston and Crucial) GEIL Potenza Evo at 3000Mhz
GPU: Nvidia GTX 970 Founders reference card
HDD: 7200RPM TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB, External HDD: 5400RPM 2TB WD My Passport
SSD: NONE, eveything works fine, no need to upgrade, stop telling me I need an SSD.
PSU: EVGA 500 W1 80+white(No, it is not dangerous)
Displays: ViewSonic VA2012WB LCD 1050p @ 75Hz,
Gateway VX920 CRT: 1920x1440@65Hz, 1600x1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@125Hz
Gateway VX900 CRT: 1920x1440@64Hz, 1600X1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@120Hz
(Yes, I use a CRT and I prefer gaming on one)
 
Cooling: Grill with filter installed onto the front panel for air intake cooling with a 120mm Corsair ML120 and an old recycled 92mm cooler master(forgot model) fan for exhaust.
 
Keyboard: Thermaltake eSPORTS MEKA PRO with Cherry MX Red switches
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Posted · Original PosterOP

Don't know where front air flow comes from, ask Roswell. The fan is connected to fool motherboard. The CPU didn't even hit 60c.  No real brite ideas here for air flow, but somehow it works. I guess they used Apple's logic. Oh, nothing wrong with a VGA CRT monitor. I hope that it's 1600x1200. I have a Dell 1600x1200 LCD Monitor. Can't find a CRT. 

 

This PC sounds like a good one for Timmy Joe's Roast my Rig. The font fan is funny on this one. There is no ventilation for fan to intake air. What's funny is that the case came with a front fan. I guess that the air comes from Roswell's sloppy tolerances. It's filled with gaps in the front. Also the side is a open screen type ventilation. I had case and did not want to buy one. I want to use it in my game room on the 40" Samsung 4K TV as a light gaming PC.

 

Ventilation comes from magic.

 

Ya, that is a stupid design.

 

I have the USB3 covered, but the 20 pin cable for the font audio, HDD activity light and USB 2 I don't. It's 2 cables going in to 1 plug in common Dell fashion. Wonder if I can section cut the black plug. Thye wiring might be standard. Than I might be able rig something. Blue plug is USB 3, and Black one is the rest. Maybe I can get another USB extension cable and just use that, I don't know if the Pin spacing is the same. Nice if it was that simple.

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16 minutes ago, Eric Kazer said:

Don't know where front air flow comes from, ask Roswell. The fan is connected to fool motherboard. The CPU didn't even hit 60c.  No real brite ideas here for air flow, but somehow it works. I guess they used Apple's logic. Oh, nothing wrong with a VGA CRT monitor. I hope that it's 1600x1200. I have a Dell 1600x1200 LCD Monitor. Can't find a CRT. 

 

This PC sounds like a good one for Timmy Joe's Roast my Rig. The font fan is funny on this one. There is no ventilation for fan to intake air. What's funny is that the case came with a front fan. I guess that the air comes from Roswell's sloppy tolerances. It's filled with gaps in the front. Also the side is a open screen type ventilation. I had case and did not want to buy one. I want to use it in my game room on the 40" Samsung 4K TV as a light gaming PC.

 

Ventilation comes from magic.

 

Ya, that is a stupid design.

 

I have the USB3 covered, but the 20 pin cable for the font audio, HDD activity light and USB 2 I don't. It's 2 cables going in to 1 plug in common Dell fashion. Wonder if I can section cut the black plug. Thye wiring might be standard. Than I might be able rig something. Blue plug is USB 3, and Black one is the rest. Maybe I can get another USB extension cable and just use that, I don't know if the Pin spacing is the same. Nice if it was that simple.

it might pull air from the bottom of the front pannel i know iv had a few cases that did it that way. example my old emachines sleeper i did i mooded a fan in the front when it wasent supposed to have one. and the electric tape dont look bad. other than that this is actually a cool modded pc nice job :)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Does Anyone know if the black connector needs to be connected for the USB 3 part to work? I have the USB 3 header connected and it won't works with any thing. I think that they did something with a jumper or something to tell the PC that its plugged in, Might be all or nothing. USB 3 is plugged in with a extension cable. I have seen stuff with card readers like this.

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56 minutes ago, Eric Kazer said:

Does Anyone know if the black connector needs to be connected for the USB 3 part to work? I have the USB 3 header connected and it won't works with any thing. I think that they did something with a jumper or something to tell the PC that its plugged in, Might be all or nothing. USB 3 is plugged in with a extension cable. I have seen stuff with card readers like this.

The black connector looks like USB, it should look identical to the other USB connector on the motherboard.

On 1/13/2020 at 8:48 PM, Eric Kazer said:

Oh, nothing wrong with a VGA CRT monitor. I hope that it's 1600x1200. I have a Dell 1600x1200 LCD Monitor. Can't find a CRT. 

Oh yes, 1600x1200 and sometimes 1920x1440. I have two of them and my Gateway VX900 CRT can overclock to 175Hz. In 2020 you have to be patient when looking for a good CRT, depending on location they can be hard to find.


Gaming With a 4:3 CRT

System specs below

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-7400 AMD Ryzen 5 2600x
Motherboard: Acer TC-780A(KBL) Gigabyte B450 Aorus m
RAM: 16GB (2 x 8GB) of DDR4(Mixed two brands and speeds, Kingston and Crucial) GEIL Potenza Evo at 3000Mhz
GPU: Nvidia GTX 970 Founders reference card
HDD: 7200RPM TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB, External HDD: 5400RPM 2TB WD My Passport
SSD: NONE, eveything works fine, no need to upgrade, stop telling me I need an SSD.
PSU: EVGA 500 W1 80+white(No, it is not dangerous)
Displays: ViewSonic VA2012WB LCD 1050p @ 75Hz,
Gateway VX920 CRT: 1920x1440@65Hz, 1600x1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@125Hz
Gateway VX900 CRT: 1920x1440@64Hz, 1600X1200@75Hz, 1200x900@100Hz, 960x720@120Hz
(Yes, I use a CRT and I prefer gaming on one)
 
Cooling: Grill with filter installed onto the front panel for air intake cooling with a 120mm Corsair ML120 and an old recycled 92mm cooler master(forgot model) fan for exhaust.
 
Keyboard: Thermaltake eSPORTS MEKA PRO with Cherry MX Red switches
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Posted · Original PosterOP

The black cable looks like usb 2 and other IO like headphone/Mic and HDD activity LED. And god knows what else, Dell. The Diagnostic screen in BIOS is looking for that cable and comments about a jumper. This might disable all front USB functions.

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