It wasn’t until this afternoon that I was able to get out to Fry’s. Thanks to a couple of very generous readers I was able to get a Phenom II quad core 955 (currently on sale at Fry’s for $139).
So, new case (plenty of air), new motherboard, and a new CPU, it boots. Windows is installing now.
She’s big, she’s black, she’s beautiful. And she’s got DA POWA! I shall call her ROCKY!