Turns out, my computer's a bit more of a hodge-podge of components than I thought. The last person who opened it up to fix something (Just dust, but it kept the thing from running) told me that the CPU was probably the biggest bottleneck, and that the graphics card was actually pretty good. I figured that upgrading the CPU and motherboard (if needed) to match my graphics card would be a good idea, until I tried to look up what I needed. Now I'm just confused.
My current hardware is:
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Used to be Windows 7, which came with the computer, but I did the free upgrade when 10 came out)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3.00GHz
RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20)
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0C27VV
Graphics: 2048MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series
Storage: 931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-75ZF5A0 ATA Device
(Don't ask me what most of that means, I just used a program to scan my computer)
My birthday is in a few days, and I might be able to get an upgraded CPU as a birthday present. I don't want anything overly amazing, just something a bit more modern than what I've got. I did a bit of research myself, and found out that people were upgrading from my CPU all the way back in 2009, so I can see that it's pretty old.
Any suggestions on what I should get, or directions I can use to upgrade? I'd rather just upgrade the CPU itself, because I read that it's as simple as just swapping out the two pieces. If that's absolutely impossible to do, I suppose I could get a new motherboard, but I'd need directions on how to swap things out. I've never done anything like this before. (Also, I read from some places that I'd need to buy a new copy of Windows, while other places said that the same one should work. What's the deal there?)