- Nov 29, 2017
So I needed a replacement for my 10 year old HTPC but am on a strict budget due to COVID-19. The usb ports were going out so it wasn't worth upgrading the graphics card as I have a spare gtx1060 lying around. So I went and bought a cheap Dell off of eBay, but the problem with any recent dell(that's cheap) is they use Flex ATX power supplies that use 8 pin atx power connectors(the older ones used 20 pin). In addition, the PSU does not provide any PCI-E rails to power any decent graphics card, much less a gtx 1060.
A cheap fix to the 8 pin problem is getting an adapter but I ran into another problem. The case is not wide enough to support an ATX power supply. So, using a SFX power supply bracket as a stencil, I marked out the part I need to cut the back of the case. In addition, in order to not choke the PSU, I will perforate the bottom part of the case and add a magnetic dust filter I have lying around. The downside is, I don't have a SFX PSU lying around so I will have to order one.
And before someone says that I can just use SATA power with an adapter, I could not have done that as the original PSU is a 240w so I doubt it would get enough power.