Hi, I am upgrading my pc and my budget is around $600. I don't live in US and newegg is not available for me.
This is my intended setup
Athlon X3 435 (2.9g/1.5mb)
Team Xtreem LV 1600 C7 DDR3 (2x2GB) 4GB
WD 500GB Green Power
Sapphire ATI HD4770 512mb
I have an old DVD writer and a harddrive that I will include in.
Also I will be using my old case Antec Sonata(which isn't that great on airflow).
Currently I am running a 5 plus year old PSU Antec Truepower 380W. It has never given me any problems.
I think I am able to keep my old PSU with my setup. But is it advisable? I have found a FSP Blue Storm II 500W for a good price.
What about graphic card? Should I upgrade to HD4850 or even HD 4870?
I plan on buying a 22" lcd later (using a 17" now) and play mostly adventure games and titles like The Sims and would like to play Diablo 3 when it comes out. I game pretty often, though not on heavily taxing games used to benchmark the graphic cards.
Lastly, my PC is also used for work purposes and it is used throughout the day.
With that budget, you might as well throw some cash into 500 watt PSU or above to play it safe for future builds or upgrades. I'd probably go with the HD 4870, as it should do you justice for the types of games you play.
The setup above (w/o PSU) costs me about USD$500. So I am left with $100 to play around with.
I can either
(1) Save it for the LCD I plan to buy
(2) Upgrade my PSU, CPU and Graphic Card (either one or all)
It's always good to salvage any useful parts and I thought my old PSU is still working well, so why the heck not. Except, I imagine it may die on me some way down the life cycle of this new setup due to it's age...
Anyways, if I get a HD4870 my total Wattage needed is 304W, up from the original setup of 232W, but it will blow my choices of moving the the CPU up (to X4 620), or upgrade my PSU.
At first glance it may seem it's not as tight a budget, but it is....especially when I throw the future LCD display into the mix.
The WD "Green" drive use less power because they like to spin down frequently. That is bad because it will make you wait to do stuff. Say for example you have auto-save on Word set to 5 min. Every time it auto-saves your computer will hang for a couple seconds while the drive spins up to write the save. You would be much better off getting a normal drive and cost should be the same.