Upgrade or start new...

Ok...I need a new or upgraded computer. I want something for light gaming (World Of Warcraft) and some photo editing with LR and PS.

I was looking at what I currently have and wonder if it can be upgraded to perform better or am I better off just starting fresh.

Here's the current system and it's pretty dated I admit but when it was ran what I needed very well including older versions of Lightroom and when I played WoW previously (8 years ago):

CPU: AMD Phenom II x3 720 BE (unlocked 4th core) OC'ed to 3.2Ghz
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR2 1066
Hard Drive (Operating system): Kingston SSD NOW 300 (120g)
Hard Drive (storage): Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
OS: Windows 10
Case: Antec 300
PS: Raidmax RX-630SS (630w)

So...I was looking into things I found that I can upgrade the mobo and use my current CPU but I'd have some more current technology like USB 3.0. I'd probably go 16GB of RAM as well over the current 4GB.
New storage HD in addition to the current ones.
Not sure if I'd be able to use the current graphics or not or if I'd have to upgrade or should upgrade.

If I should start fresh, is there anything I can the SSD and/or case to save a few bucks? Pretty sure my power supply is junk too even though it's lasted without issue for a bunch of years. Going on 8 years in fact. But even though it's been good...I figure for the cost...might as well replace it too just to be safe.

Budget is $500 for computer only. Don't need anything else like monitor or mouse or anything like that. But it looks like it will be difficult to get in at of under $500 for a new setup. If I upgrade I can be in at less than $500 for sure.
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  1. Try upgrading your graphics card.... I would recommend the Radeon RX480 or RX460 and the GTX 750 TI or GTX 1050 TI
  2. Here's a build...maybe someone can tell me if this is decent enough to get the job done. Don't mind the CPU in the's just there to show what CPU I'll be using...I already own it as shown in the initial post up above....
  3. Is there a brand preference with the GTX 1050 TI card?
  4. Chad Ashton said:
    Is there a brand preference with the GTX 1050 TI card?

    There are some from ASUS, Zotac, PALIT, EVGA, etc.
  5. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD - Phenom II X3 720 Black 2.8GHz Triple-Core Processor (already own)
    Motherboard: MSI - 970 GAMING ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston - HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($95.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.33 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($122.76 @ Jet)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $380.05
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-19 10:49 EDT-0400
  6. Any other thoughts?
  7. Best answer
    You have a decent system though not as powerful as what I would want it, adding a newer discrete GPU will do the trick...
    Along the way you could buy a CPU upgrade for your AM3+ motherboard...
    Here are some CPU options you have :
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