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Mrkazador, this is essentially what I'm going to do, upgrading the motherboard, cpu and ram, putting that in a new case with new power supply and using all my existing hard drives, bluray, tv tuners, etc.
Got sidetracked by kid's sports which are finally nearing the end of season... Hoping to maybe work on this over the next week or so once I get all the parts and have some quick questions if anyone can chime in.
Based on reading all the great threads on here, from Assassin to mfusick and everyone else, I'm feeling pretty good going with Ivy Bridge LGA1155 as the base. I can always upgrade the CPU down the road if needed to an i3. I just need to figure out the RAM and power supply. I have a microcenter nearby so I'll pick up what I can there and likely fill in the rest from newegg.
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two - $58 (plenty big for drive expansion, cooling, and cheaper than the Fractal)
Processor: Intel G1610 - $35
MOBO: ASRock H77 Pro4-M - $90 (doesn't look like microcenter carries it so will have to get through newegg)
Powersupply: how much do I really need? Is the 380W Antec Earthwatts enough or perhaps the corsair builder series 500W 80plus bronze? Could use some guidance on this one. I know Assassin likes the seasonics and antecs.
RAM: I originally thought 2x4GB but maybe 2x2GB is enough to handle my needs (we're talking about $35 difference). If I go G.Skill I'll get it at newegg, corsair at microcenter. Happy to take any opinions on this.
All in looks like I'll be in the $250-$300 range to upgrade, before layering flexraid after I'm all done.