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Can you change case and PSU on a Optiplex 790 SFF?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello everyone!


This is my first post as a part of this community, so forgive me if I violate any of the norms.


My questions is pretty straight forward, I was wondering if it were possible to change the case and PSU of the Dell Optiplex 790 SFF. This is more of a passion project for me, and less of a necessity. I was thinking about building my own custom case (which would solve the issue of non-standard mounting points). In terms of the PSU however, I have read that Dell *may* switch up the ordering of the wiring on their boards, such that a standard atx connector (for the fanheader for example) may fry the board (or the fan?).


I was wondering if anyone had experience in this area and could shed some light on to whether or not this is possible?


Thanks so much in advance, and I am glad to be a part of this community!


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from the looks of things, you've gotten lucky on it being standard PSU connectors... as for the "dell may switch up wires".. dell loves their custom connectors, but i've never heard them switching around pinouts on standard connectors.

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PSU: in general yes, but not in the stock case (unless it's a direct replacement, obviously). The X90 and X010 were the last generations before Dell went to a proprietary design, because God forbid someone upgrade their PC instead of buying a new one, right?


Case: this one's trickier. If you have a custom enclosure, yes, very doable, you just have to make sure that the front panel connectors on your custom enclosure match up with the connections on the motherboard. EZ mode for this would be to simply take the front panel electronics out of your current 790 SFF and attach them to your new case. Failing that, the pinout for the 790 SFF shouldn't be hard to find. I think the front panel are the only non-standard connectors on the 790 SFF board, but you might get weird alarms if you try to boot it with one or more previously empty connectors (so, FP audio, USB, etc.) left open. Nothing that will stop you from using it, just annoying.

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The 790 SFF has a 100% standard 24 pin PSU connector on the board.  The only thing to really keep in mind is that if you take it out of the original case, then you will always have to press F1 at startup/reboot.  This is because of a security feature to stop case tampering, since these were meant for offices.  But I have heard of some putting tape over that sensor, which will apparently remove the need to use F1.


The oddball Dell PSU connector didn't come until the 4th gen, and the 790 is a 2nd gen.  You're good to go.

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