Hello all, this is my first post, but I've always loved Tom's Hardware for being simply the greatest hardware site I've ever used
So a while back I was happily using my Asus P4P800-deluxe (socket 478) with an Intel P4 2.8GhzHT, when (after 3 years of hard use) it decided to die on me. The motherboard is very, very dead and even though the CPU still functions I want to upgrade to something with a better socket and PCI-express. I have a nice chunk of change to drop on a new purchase of Mobo and CPU combo, and I can also sell old parts from my old system so price is not an issue here.
Go with number 1
I recently upgraded to an ASUS Mobo and E6300, and it is Very overclockable!
Your SATA drive will not need reformatting. You simply connect it to your new Mobo and go. If it is jumpered to 150, you can remove it, and it will then do 300 speed connection. The newer mobos are backwards compatible with the SATA drives.