In Germany I have a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 530, System Service Tag: 4LCRN3J.
I plan to upgrade that with this CPU and I am looking at this board. But since I do not know much about boards, I wonder whether that would pass your test - or maybe you have something better to suggest that is in the same price range.
I will go with the on-board 400 graphics because my graphics requirements are very modest. And the 400 had very good tests. I think I can get away with the current 300W PSU since the CPU needs only 77W and there will be no GPU.
I plan for 16GB of RAM (4x4) but have no clue which is the best. I would go with 1600s but maybe you have a good suggestion.
I am also looking for a good CPU cooler since the Ivy Bridge is said to run hot. Any suggestion ??
I already have an OCZ 128GB Vector and the box has 2 HDDs.
What do you think.