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How do i transfer a SFF Mobo to a Mid Tower Case?

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You simply don't.

 

The board is completely non standard.

 

That hp has a couple sensors that when it's out of the case it will not function.

 

You need to keep using the original psu as it's proprietary and that also doesn't fit in a normal case.

 

So as I said not possible. Sell the computer and get something normal used.

So i have a SFF PC (HP Compaq dc7800p to be exact) that has been with me forever, and i have a mid tower case that was lying around for some time for my future plans. the real question is, can i fit that SFF motherboard in my mid tower case? i don't know it's exact size/form. i'm aware that i will have to get a whole new PSU for such thing, it's ok though. the case is the XPG Invader which i know that it has the ability to support many mobo forms. i also wanna know if i need more stuff like connectors, adapters, converters, and so on.i just need that to happen for more airflow.

 

Thanks so much for your time everyone. have a beautiful day!

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No, that's not a standard board. It won't fit in that case. 

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Highly highly unlikely. Plus you'd also need to do mods to make the front panel work.

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You simply don't.

 

The board is completely non standard.

 

That hp has a couple sensors that when it's out of the case it will not function.

 

You need to keep using the original psu as it's proprietary and that also doesn't fit in a normal case.

 

So as I said not possible. Sell the computer and get something normal used.

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Hi 🙂

 

Generally transferring motherboards from PCs like DELL, HP, LENOVO, ... into regular cases is a relative PITA, involving adapters (when available) for all proprietary connectors such as:

 - PSU

 - front panel (audio, USB, ...)

 - power button

 - fans

 

These boards are generally compatible with standard form factors (ATX, mATX, uATX), though

 

Now, from what I could see running a quick Google search. the MB on the HP Compaq dc7800p has a weird shape and is probably incompatible with standard form factors. If that's the case, the amount of work (modding) required to fit it in a different case would be ridiculous...

 

Best,

-a-

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you can probably cut the mb tray out and mount that in a case. no aio will line up thow so you will have to use panel mount connectors, pcie extensions. reverse engineer were the power/ rest go and wire it to the case. as for the cd drive ied dich it. if it wont boot with out it might have to mount it els were and existed the cables that go to it.

 

but the cost of a new case, panel mount connectors, solder, tools wil most likely cost more then just selling it and get something els.

 

if you dont want to use panel mount connectors all cables could be passed thow a pci slot thow the cables will be shorter.

 

the performance ganes form better air flow wont alow to do anything more other then quiet, modding the case its in probably better imo

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