I believe I'll need to upgrade my motherboard, it being quite old and not allowing USB boot, but I worry about the amount of money I would be required to pay and whether or not it'd fit in my case.
My current motherboard is a http://www.msi.com/p...K9N_Neo_V2.html
My current CPU is an AMD athlon X2 64 bit 2.4GH
My current RAM sticks are in pairs, 4 GB each (2x2).
I'm afraid I can't get Speccy for a more detailed system report since I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, and am still learning. If still relevant, i can link to the specs in an older thread. The changes since then were +4 GB RAM and swapping out a dying HDD.
The reason behind my plan to change mobo is that I cannot seem to be able to install windows 7 whatever I try. My disc drive whirs, then stops. Then whirs, stops for a long time then repeats. I'm going to try with a friend's disc drive if I can install win7, but if not then by order of elimination it is ought to be something with my mobo. And even if not, the inability to boot from USB is quite annoying.