Congrats on the upgrade, I think you will be happy with the new cpu and mb. You will need to backup any data or documents you have to an external hard disk or thumb drive. a fresh install of the OS will be necessary when switching motherboards. while your at it you may want to grab one of those 120 Gig SSD's for about $100 if you dont already have one since you will need to do a fresh OS install.
With the new Z77 boards and Ivy Bridge, I would like to upgrade my Core 2 Quad q8300 and motherboard. Before I go
out and buy them, I would like to know if it is possible to upgrade without loosing anything, and any tips on how to install it would be great.