I guess it may seem marginal on getting a new computer, but the cheapest decent new laptop would be around £350 to £400. This computer is only going to be used for basic functions, and hopefully with this upgrade will make the computer last a long time regarding its purpose.
The RAM memory of the computer and graphics card have been upgraded to 4GB RAM and 512MB GPU.
PNY GEFORCE 8400GS PCI 512MB GRAPHICS CARD
4 GIGABYTE (4 X 1 GB) KINGSTON HYPERX DDR400 PC3200 NON ECC 184 PIN RAM
I want to make theses changes so it will be 64bit. What I have read explained that the motherboard and the CPU needed to changed to make this possible. I'd like to get a motherboard that is still compatible with the RAM, GPU and other components that are used by the current motherboard.
This is a link to Intel's lists for Motherboards and CPU's that would be compatible, http://ark.intel.com/
I only have a limited knowledge about computers, if anyone could advise which would be the best Intel motherboard and CPU to get.
Intel's new Ivy bridge cpus will be out soon; will give you time to save more $$ if you need to. I never recommend piecemeal upgrades; they won't give you the performance you're looking for. The cpu I recommended is locked, so it can't be overclocked. The "k" series sell for about $30 extra and come with an unlocked multiplier. For those, a z68 board is recommended, which also has the onboard video ports. A few of the newer cpus have the graphics portion of the cpu disabled, so check the specs carefully if you want to use Intel's onboard graphics.
Thanks for the info, but not looking for great performance more longevity. The computer is for my father, who has only just about learnt how to to use the basics. He will not using it much, but with this upgrade will hopefully keep his computer going for at least 5 years for his purposes. Also for these reasons I don't want to put any more money into this computer than is needed. I'II have to have a look at these when I'm buying a computer for myself. Thanks