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query from absolutely clueless

Hi

I have an old PC - p3 lying at home - really slow right now. have been thinking of upgrading it - since i have installed a cd-rw and bought a new monitor. i have been trying to figure out a way of upgrading the processor and changing the motherboard - but being absolutely non-techie - i am totally clueless on how to go about buying a motherboard? some basic questions:
- does buying a motherboard only help - i presume not: but just trying to confirm?
- what all should i buy if i would like to upgrade from my current p3 system to a p4 system? any brand recommendations for each item?

any inputs would be helpful!

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p3 to p4? No.

It's not practical.

Bob

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Up grade no!

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