Feasible Upgrades?

Right now, i'm running a system with these:

Some generic 450W PSU

I was wondering if the following would be good upgrades? I have about $350-375 I can spend, so I came up with the following:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail $46.99:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM $104.99:

EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail:

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail :

Card & PSU combo price of $159.98

Would those be reasonable/workable upgrades? I'm not looking to do too much hardcore gaming (most likely Last Remnant, Left 4 Dead, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) and I won't be OCing either. I have Vista 64 I can install (currently using XP32 =\ ).
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  1. With that CPU and motherboard - a bit of overclocking would be a "natural" upgrade. Especially with a new CPU cooler. Interested?

    The rest of your list are worthy upgrades too.
    But I think you should check out the new ATI 4770 video card. It's a direct competitor to the GTS 250 and its only $100 after rebate.

    I think we can find you a better deal on a PSU too.
  2. Unless you plan on having alot of videos, games, music, etc. installed on your machine. You probably could get a smaller HD and spend some more cash on a better GPU or PSU.

    One thing you want to make sure is never to cut corners and try to save money on a PSU. Always spend that extra buck to make sure you have a more realiable system. a cheap / bad PSU can cause so many problems in a system.
  3. I've never done any overclocking before. I tried to read the forum post on here about CPU ocing, but I dunno... I feel like i'm one of those guys that can screw up something in BIOS easily on accident...

    What would be a better PSU?
  4. And I think I DO want to go with the 1TB drive... I end up doing quite a bit of video/photo editing, so all that space sounds nice.
  5. Also, what're the criticisms on the PSU I chose? Is Antec unreliable when it comes to them?
  6. I don't know if its bad - but I also don't know if its good. Antec's reputation for PSUs has been spotty. Some have been very good - others have been stinkers.
    Without any technical reviews you don't know which category that PSU falls into. And I can't find any technical reviews on that Antec Basiq 550 Plus.
  7. How is this PSU?

    BFG Tech LS-450 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply $69.99 ($49.99 after MIR):
  8. i'm pretty sure antec basiq's are their 'crappy' psu for low power builds.
  9. If it were me, buying a PSU in your price range I would go with something like this.


    Free shipping and with MIR it will run you around $65

    Could you find a cheaper 450W PSU? Of course, but the last thing you want is a poorly constructed PSU running your system.
  10. The BFG Tech LS-450 is a pretty good example of how you can order a PSU with confidence it's a good buy.

    JonnyGuru review of the BFG LS 450/550 and HardOCP: BFG LS-450 Power Supply

    There are two solid reviews that back that up - having been independently tested by a "trusted reviewer" like HardOCP and JonnyGuru websites. You're not stuck with deciding on if your believe the MFGR's marketing spiel.

    I can't fault the Antec Basiq 550 Plus on what I know, it could very well work out OK for you in the long run.
  11. Corsair 450VX reviews: JonnyGuru and HardOCP
  12. Oh awesome... with the Corsair 450VX, that takes me to about $386 after tax and free shipping on everything =D
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