I Need Larger CPU Casing for Old Computer

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  1. adbas

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    Do you mean I should choose one of CPU casing in that list?
     
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    They fit the GPU and are in your budget range.
     
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    Which one? Please tell me.
     
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    They will ALL fit the GPU.


    PICK ONE!
     
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    It looks like the ThinkCentre M70e motherboard is microATX, so you should be able to get any case that will fit a microATX motherboard. YMMV due to the fact that sometimes OEMs will do some crazy custom stuff, but Intel's docs on that mobo state it's microATX. Based on what I can see of the size of that video card I would imagine any microATX case or full ATX case that supports a microATX mobo made today would be fine. Where you run into problems is extremely high powered desktop GPU that have large heat sinks and tri-axial fan arrangements that are 2-3 slots and 300mm+ in length.

    There's some things I would look out for based on what I'm seeing from online pictures of the ThinkCentre M70e.
    • That CPU cooler looks like it might be custom for that OEM case, you might need to buy a new proper heatsink and some heat sink paste for it to fit in a normal case.
    • Is the PSU a standard ATX or SFF power supply? If not it might not fit in a standard case. I would imagine it might be but I can't tell you might need to research further.
    • I might side with getting a microATX case as the ThinkCentre M70e is billed as SFF (whatever that meant way back then) and I would be left wondering if the PSU cables would reach from the PSU mount in a full ATX case.
    • Hopefully since it seems like a microATX motherboard the new case leads for power/reset/hdd etc will just work on the existing headers
    • Make sure to find a manual for the motherboard that has a diagram of all the pinouts so you can properly install it in the new case, or at least make your own notes about what all the existing headers are for before you unplug them if they are not labeled well/properly.
    If you have someone locally that you trust that can transfer it all to a new case and do proper in-person analysis to make sure all the existing hardware can be transferred over with no issue you might want to do that. Especially if it comes down to troubleshooting if something isn't working properly. Can be a pain if you've never built a computer before.

    At least it's not a Dell, they like to do some insane custom stuff that is basically not transferrable at all.
     
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    UPDATE - BAD NEWS

    It looks like the power supply in these is TFX form factor, that probably is not going to transfer over to a case unless it supports TFX power supplies. There are TFX cases out there but they are rare compared to standard ATX/Mini Tower ATX cases that support ATX or SFX power supplies.

    Here's a complete part list for your Lenovo, highlighting the 240W TFX power supplies as the three parts it is using in it.
    https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/so...5-0828-0830-0833-0837-0843-0845-0847-and-0849

    Also, this looks like the manual for the mobo itself, it seems to be an Intel DG41TX
    It looks like it supports 2x12 or 2x10 + 4 pin ATX12v standard if you have to buy a new power supply if you can't find a proper TFX case. You can use this to make sure to hook all the case wire harness stuff up properly and if the case you pick will support everything fine to begin with.
    https://www.intel.com/content/dam/s...p-boards/G41/DG41TX/DG41TX_ProductGuide01.pdf
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2021
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