The build is starting to come together. Motherboard, CPU, PSU, and DVD drive arrived yesterday. I ended up having to use the new, over-spec'd PSU because of the motherboard's requirement for an 8-pin 12v power connector, with the old one being 4-pin. The only snafu so far has been the Kingston RAM (2x4GB) arriving as the wrong item (speed and size). Amazon/ReStockIt had the incorrect item listed, so I ordered some Team Xtreem (2x2GB) through Newegg and will have to wait for that in order to proceed...
Unfortunately, I just now noticed in the ASRock's pdf manual that it only supports 1600mhz for Ivy Bridge CPU's. Sandy Bridge CPU's are limited to 1333mhz, but it sounds like backward compatibility won't be a problem and there's no real difference in price.
I had totally forgotten I have two, lightly used 500GB SATA drives from an external USB RAID backup drive that failed a while back. (I think it was the controller; tested out and re-formatted one of the drives and it seems fine.) So, I'm putting one of those in the HTPC and delaying the SSD decision. With Newegg running two different specials on the 128GB Samsung 830 this week, I have a feeling there's a big price drop just around the corner. I toyed with cloning my main work station's drive from SATA to SCSI, but I couldn't get it to recognize the change in boot drive sequence. Maybe I'll update that one to SSD (i.e., SATA cloned to SATA) down the road for an easier transition.
I also ordered a wireless adapter (too far and too difficult to run a network cable, at opposite ends of the house and across a solid foundation), MCE compatible remote/receiver, and USB mouse since the motherboard only has the one PS/2 port and all my spare mice/keyboards are of that nature. Total cost is $183 with the only thing left to buy is a VGA/D-SUB to RGB adapter for when I get the Barco projector back up and running.
The only issue I've got with the old parts is the Dell Dimension 4700 case uses a flat 10-pin connector (only 6 wires) for the front panel audio (M1379: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2195642
); same as on the Dimension 8300 case. The motherboard expects a 2x5 type connector. Probably not worth the trouble to look for an adapter or re-wire it, given that I'll likely never use the headphone jack (I think that's all it powers ... hmm, or does it also power a chassis speaker in that little front panel bundle?), but if anyone has any quick and dirty suggestions, I'm all ears.
DanEdited by dkap - 10/11/12 at 5:34pm