My computer is an older computer and I have thought of upgrading my computer for some time now yet it is old enough that it would require replacement of the motherboard to do much of an upgrade. And in looking into this I have a few questions:
When you purchase a motherboard do you buy them with the CPU already installed or are they separate?
What components do I need to check for compatibility? I assume power supply, hard drives, sound card, video card. And how do I check to ensure the components are compatible? (I know how to check the video and sound card but not sure on the rest)
What specs make a good motherboard? Meaning what are the important specifications to check for on a motherboard? (I want to note here that I am doing graphic editing and will need some speed preferably)
Will I need to do anything special to windows when upgrading? I plan to upgrade from XP to 7 during this process, should I do that before or after upgrading the motherboard?
Any general advice in upgrading a mother board?