A friend helped me build a server to use with hyper-v at home. I am a dev and don't know anything about hardware (a little, but not much at all). I built it from NewEgg and will post the items below. Since then I added some memory and a few hard disks. I tried to upgrade to windows 8 and got an error saying my hardware didn't support it. My main goal is to have system that I can boot directly to vhd's containing server running hyper-v, an instance of windows 7, and an instance of windows 8.
1. Can I easily swap out the motherboard and processor? What benefits will I see, is it worth it, and give a specific example.
2. I'd like to keep my memory if possible, but would it be better to upgrade to something with a different footprint? I didn't like how I only had a few slots before (4×240pin) and don't know if things changed drastically since. Is 240pin old? Should I have something better?
3. Is this even worth it? Would it be better to start from scratch and just keep the drives?
2 x HD 500G|WD 7K 16M SATA2 WD5000AAKS - OEM
1 x CPU AMD|A64 X2 4850E 2.5G AM2 R - Retail
1 x CPU THERMPASTE|ARCTIC SILVER5 3.5G% - OEM
1 x MEM 2Gx2|GSK F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK R - Retail
1 x MB GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3H RT - Retail
1 x CASE ANTEC|NSK4480B BK RT - Retail
1 x FLASH 2G|CORS CMFUSBPADLOCK-2GB R - Retail
1 x DVD BURN SAMSUNG|SH-S223F 22X BK % - OEM