I have a Gateway gt5654 desktop that I've had since 2007 that has been sitting in my room gathering dust for the last two years.Its only current function is providing wifi and an ethernet connection for my router. I quit using it and essentially gave up on it after continual virus infections with the last one preventing a regular start up and getting a blue screen error message.A lot of this was so long ago that I can't give specifics but I'll post a link to all of my previous threads and posts regarding the previous issues I faced. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/u/801134/simplesimpleton/
What I want to do now is revive it and slowly invest in upgrades based on the cheapest/efficient hardware I can use for optimal performance when it comes to video editing and CGI. I plan on using the desktop primarily for Adobe AE, Premiere, and Blender.
I no longer care for any of the data thats left on the harddrive so I was planning to completely replace the harddrive as my best chance of not having this recurring string of viruses and infections that have been plaguing my desktop for the last two years of its use. The fan would also make incredibly loud noise sounding like it was over exerting itself most of the time. Here's a link for the specs of my desktop
So my main focusing points are what do I NEED to replace or wipe and what hardware is priority in terms of slowly upgrading for the long term on an almost non existant budget.
Any tips,advice, or previous experience is greatly appreciated