[Upgrade] I have $500, need help with upgrades

Hi all,

I have about <$500 total to upgrade my current PC. I'm looking to upgrade my CPU, GPU, and most likely my PSU since that is off-brand and probably can't support my upgrades. I am looking to upgrade to these specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Total cost: $507.16 (incl tax)
Total cost: $477.16 (AR)

My current system config includes:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit
MSI K9A2 CF-F AM2+/AM2 AMD
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 and G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Sony NEC Optiarc 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model
Cooler Master CM 690 Case
Seagate 500GB HD
Ultra V-Series 500W PSU (+12V, 28A)
Windows Vista 64 bit SP1

I will be using Windows 7 64-bit, which I already have.

If anyone knows a better upgrade, please let me know!
I mainly use this for gaming (TF2, CoD4), web browsing, watching movies, listening to music, web browsing.
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  1. What resolution do you play at? The 4890 is strong enough for 1920x1200 smoothly.

    You will need to update your bios but surprisingly your board will support a 955.
    http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=prodcpu2&prod_no=1333&maincat_no=1#menu
  2. You can save by getting the Corsair 550VX.
    And also sell your old processor and vid card...

    Then get a HD 5850 which is more powerful than 4890.
  3. Honestly if i were you i would wait, save up another couple hundred bux, and build a new system around what you mentioned, maybe using some old parts (like drives) from your old computer. I especially recommend this if your current system handles the games you play at playable resolutions and framerates.

    The other option is buy this stuff now and later upgrade your motherboard/ram.

    If your current system doesnt handle your games well, then i think the products you mention are good choices. You could save some money and go with a 945 instead of 955 unless you plan on OC alot.
  4. I would recommend to upgrade the cpu,mb and gpu because that mb will bottleneck you
  5. daggs said:
    I would recommend to upgrade the cpu,mb and gpu because that mb will bottleneck you

    +1
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