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Putting Dell Dimension 8250 Motherboard in new Case OR new Motherboard AND case (need more drive bays for RAID)

I have a Dell Dimension 8250 which is less than a year old. I am a photographer and I have the need for large amounts of storage. I want to upgrade to a RAID system for storage and need space in the case for at least 5 internal drives (3 of which would be RAID 5). I have the drives already (IDE) but do not have room in the case. The other problem is that I have only a single PCI slot left so the RAID card would be it. Money is an object and I don't want to spend more than $500 on the case and the RAID card.

Can I get a new case and switch the motherboard over easily?
Would it be smarter to get another mother board and use my existing memory and processor so that I can get more PCI slots leaving some room to grow?
Is there a better solution to my storage problems that might involve an external RAID solution (within my budget, remember I have the drives)?

While i'm generally pretty good in a computer case I have never taken things this far. I hope I'm not getting in over my head but I can't afford a new system right now and after all my processor is pretty modern and I have 1.5GB of RAM.

Any help in the process is appreciated!

Thanks!
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CallandorCommented:
Sonata case $89
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-129-127&depa=0

Abit IC7 motherboard $119 (I have one of these)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-127-153&depa=0

Promise SX4000 RAID-5 controller $143
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=IDE-SX4000&c=pw

Total $351 plus tax and shipping
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GregDowningAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I will probably go for it. I assume my processor and memory will work with this board. I have only 3 memory modules, do I need a fourth to work or can I just use 3? I will probably go with a larger case. Thanks again
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CallandorCommented:
Your cpu (P4 3.06?) and memory (PC2700?) should work with this board.  It will work with three sticks, but if you want the performance of dual-channel RAM, you will need 2 or 4 sticks of the same type and speed.

Antec P160 case 4 x 5.25 bays, 2/4 x 3.5 bays (int/ext) $104
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-129-141&depa=0

Enermax 460W power supply $77
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-443&depa=0
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GregDowningAuthor Commented:
Thanks again!
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