Upgrade to AMD E-350 for home server?

I have an Asus ASUS E35M1-M PRO that I use primarily as a home server running Linux. On this I have Virtualbox with 2 VMs. It works fine, except there is an 8GB memory limit, and of course this is not the speediest of machines. The primary reason I have this is low power consumption + heat level. The newer AMD E-450 board did not seem all that enticing to upgrade

I would like to ideally get low power + low heat + quad core. Ideally I would like match this with an Asus board that supports at least 32GB.

So what are my options today? I am completely out of the loop on what is available.
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  1. You'll spend so much that you'll never get your money back in energy savings. You can't have it both ways, but if you're going to do it, get something like this setup:


    The ram upgrade is optional. I downgraded from 16 to 8 gb to save space on my ssd; I didn't notice that much difference. I don't recommend a quad core cpu if you want to save energy. My 2120 with HT is plenty fast for an htpc.
  2. I thinking of getting that CPU, or maybe the 2.3Ghz. Looking at motherboards, specifically Asus with 4 memory slots and support for 32GB. I found this ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX


    I don't know much about Intel CPUs, LGA1155, and integrated graphics on CPU...but this would work correct?
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