Basically what I'm looking to do is upgrade my CPU. To do that I'm pretty sure I'll need an entirely new motherboard.
Is there a good motherboard/CPU combo (preferably a core i5 or something) under 300$? I'm willing to pay more but I would rather not. Also everything needs to be compatible with the things I have now, which seems to be a problem for me.
I'll (most likely) install Windows 7 once I buy them, I'm not too worried about losing data. Then again if something happens I might just use the XP disc that came with the system.
Hmm, sound easy enough. Your CPU is definitely a bottleneck.
First off, what do you want out of the upgrade? Do you want the best, CPU you can buy? Do you want something to match the rest of the system?