all very old parts lol so im thinking to just buy a new starter kit just to get it up and running, than to try and upgrade this old mother board . ive been looking its getting more and more intimidating as i look into building or upgrading a pc
the tower case has no name but its not a tower from like dell /hp its a after market one its super old but i think it can work
it has two fan spots on back two more on the front and one on the side
8 pci slots 4 cd drive bays 4 hd bays
it has a 300watt dynex psu in it. but that prolly wont work
How about going with a dual core processor? From what you said in your op your wife's computer needs are pretty light. The following is what I came up with using the current Newegg combos, also assuming you will reuse your computer case and dvd drive.