Do I new need to buy a new motherboard to upgrade my CPU speed (from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz)? I'm a bit confused with motherboards/CPUs
Depends, what cpu do you have right now. If your cpu is out of date, it could be hard to find a cpu with the right socket. And if buy a new mobo, make sure its compatible with your ram. you dont want to buy the right cpu and mobo and later realize your memory isnt compatible. http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html This program will show you your entire specs. Read it all and type it out on here and we can help you.
we could use some more info here. i assume you are refering about pentium 4's, or Pentium D's. What motherboard do you have now, what processor, and what socket, and the specific cpu you want to upgrade to. You can download CPUID (just google it) and it will tell you what socket you have, what motherboard you have, what specific cpu you have now, and a bunch of other stuff as well
Mecha105;3388432This program will show you your entire specs. Read it all and type it out on here and we can help you.
Ok, but there's alot...
K now what kind of cpu do you plan on getting? If it's anything from a pentium 4 to an athlon 64 or athlon xp, then you're probably gonna have to upgrade your motherboard.
I was thinking of getting an Intel Pentium 4
I don't believe that chipset supports 800MHz processors, which means the highest P4 you can get is a socket 478 3.06GHz Northwood B. Which are ancient, crap and are next to impossible to find.
In short, don't bother.