I have a 4-yr old PC that has a messed up XP installation, so now seems like a good time to upgrade the hardware since I have to format the drive, etc. I have several Raptor drives in it along with 2gb of ram (Kingston HyperX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)). Anyway, it's got an old Pentium 4 Northwood 3.0ghz CPU installed on a Intel D875PBZLK 478 motherboard. What I'd like to do is upgrade the motherboard, CPU, and case only. I'd like to get a Core 2 Duo CPU and a motherboard with firewire ports (not necessary because I could drop an add-in card if necessary), e-Sata would be nice but not essential.
Is there a newer CPU/Motherboard combo that will work with my exiting ram, etc? Most of my other components are in good shape. Or am I looking at upgrading the ram, etc.
The onyl thing I can think of is an Old motherboard Socket 939 and an Athlon 64 X2 for S939, which works with DDR400 ram, however I would very much rather build a new PC completely with newer components than trying to salvage anything there.