Surely you will able to help me with this. Before I put my questions, I just want to let you know that I don't have any prior knowledge or experience with hardware. I have not even open my CPU box before. So kindly answer me with patience and in detail so that I can understand this. I have just started reading some articles about this CPU. My basic aim contacting you experts and posting my this question and other bunch of questions would be to understand How this CPU works and to make my own PC and also updating my current PC.
Lets first talk to updating my current CPU..(WIN 98 OS, 96 Mb RAM - I don't know rest details.. so need help to figure out)
It is extremely extremely slow.. I have not treated it nicely(downloaded lot of applications....) It has some virusus in it.. which May be causing lot of problems and also -- I got it assembled for a local computer store.. and I had no knowledge and I was dumb.. so surely they fooled me with duplicate or lower end parts.. so I want to fix it myself, upgrade it and become knowledgeable now..
1) My first question is -- to Make my own PC-- should I be deciding first which OS (win98 or NT) would I be loading. I am asking this question because -- I have WIN98 system right now and I want to update it to WIN NT. Now will my everything in this CPU work (like my Modem, Video Card, Sound Card etc.) with WIN NT also or are they only WIN 98 compatible? Reason for my shifting ot WIN NT is -- I have lost WIN98 CD .. and I still have WINNT CD.. So whenever I install any device (like Cable Modem to USB port) and i try to install drivers.. It asks for WIN98 SE CD (which I dont have) so I want to update everything to WINNT but want to know what can stop working and go wrong..
2). I want to know what Processor it has.. and whats its speed.. I went to 'MY COMPUTERS' and it showed me 'Intel Pentium 3 processor. I dont know it is correct or not.. and it doesnt show speed..I restarted my computer and enter into SETUP details (BIOS DETAILS).. I saw on the screen -- CPU Internal Core Speed -- 450 Mhz.. (Is it the processor speed..)? So what In understood is I have Intel Pentium 3 processor -- 450 Mhz.. is it supposed to be extremely slow?
If I buy a new Processor from COMPUSA, I guess I have to see if my motherboard supports that or not.. so
3) How should I know what Motherboard I have? Can I see it on Screen? or do I have to open my Box..? (I dont have any manuals on this box)
4) Once I know what Motherboard I have, How should I know the compatible Processor..
5). If I know the compatible processor, and I get it from COMPUSA, and somehow install it.. say for example (Intel Pentium 4 2 Ghz), do I need to do any settings (BIOS setting or something..)? I mean I install it, connect it to power and my Monitor, now what is the next step..
6). This Virus (which is ruining my computer).. Okay I can get some antivirus and clean it).. But since it has been long that this Virus is sitting in my computer.. or it has done enough damage.. The way I know is -- My computer acts strangely at times.. Font size changes by itself.. It will just stop responding.. etc etc..
Now I want to get rid of damage done on my computer.. should I replace my hard drive and everything should be okay?
I guess Virus usually sits on hard drive and damages files etc.. so I thought of replacing my hard drive altogether..
i think I will have to ask next questions as a followup and then I will raise some more new questions to understand this all because I know its too much for a starters...
I will appreciate reply pls..