What should I upgrade first on my PC?

I shall never buy another prebuilt midrange tower again. T_T

Specs can be found here: http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-pavilion-elite-hpe/4507-3118_7-33968315.html

I know I'll need to upgrade the power supply, but should I prioritise a new graphics card next? It's actually not a terrible machine, but unfortunately its hamstrung by the resolution of my monitor. I'd like to run games (Guild Wars 2) at a reasonable, smooth frame rate at a higher resolution. I can run it in a window capably but I'd like to feel less limited. Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!
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  1. Well you should update everything but the ram :p
  2. Definitely a new PSU and GPU would be needed for gaming and is what you should get 1st. It may be worth you getting a Phenom 965BE soon as they seem to be going out of stock everywhere and that is likely the last of the CPUs you can upgrade to.
  3. I did the same for my first PC, prebuilt POS. I think either the cheap PSU or mobo was the cause of a no-boot situation 1 year, 3 months later (after 1 year warranty ran out). The mobo died. Could have been a bad PSU. If you can ensure that your current PSU is a tier 3 or better, then you might be ok. The cheapest route is getting a GPU first. A good PSU as soon as you can. Questions though:

    1. Has your rig been modified from your original link?
    2. What type of monitor do you have?


    PSU tiers: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  4. I haven't upgraded anything yet. I'm not sure how to check the PSU but the sticker on the back of the machine says 240V which is lower than I originally suspected. The monitor is a 22 Inch Samsung Syncmaster SA350. It never occurred to me when I brought the Tower that I'd end up hamstrung by a PSU, but you live and learn.
  5. It has a 300W power supply 240V is the input mains UK voltage. The specs are here http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=uk&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c01959711#N1385
  6. To make it SIMPLE. power supply and the best video card you can afford (ati 5770 or better...i would strongly suggest a far better video card), . The cpu is weak, but you should be able to play many games with a far better video card.

    It probably would be better building a newer system, but if you don't have money.....video card and power supply.
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