Need Help with Major 2006 Upgrade

:hello: The present state of affairs (and probably a trip down memory lane for some of you):

CPU----AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+
Mobo--Asus A8N SLI SE
GPU----Radeon X1900XTX
RAM---Crucial Value Select PC3200 DDR400 1Gig X 2 (one stick just died)
PSU---X Power Light 480 - ( )
Case--NZXT Tempest
HDD--1 X WD Green 1GB, 1 X WD Green 2GB, 2 X seagate 300gb
DVD Multidrive / Floppy / Auto Fan Controller

I'm looking to upgrade now, thinking about:

CPU----AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3

Mobo--Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX

GPU----MSI HD 5770 Hawk 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Display Port Out

SSD----Corsair 60GB Force SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read 285MB/s Write 275MB/s


PSU-- In my limited current knowledge, after a couple of days of manic upgrade reading, it looks like a close run thing if I need a bigger psu or not? If so, maybe something like this: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ( )

So.. I play games, a bit of video editing and still the odd bit of recoding. I'm looking for the usual sort of recreational rig that I could hopefully stretch out to another 3 or 4 years if needs be. Overclocking? To the limits of easiness. Future Crossfire? Very doubtful. Sata 3 is out of my orbit atm. USB3 less so, but if I get there soon, I can always add a card I guess. I am open to suggestions on everything, but especially ram, ssd, psu? and motherboard. If sata/usb 3 isn't so important to me, is there any particular reason to get an 800 series mobo? would I be better off with a 790 rather than an 870?

There's no fixed price here (most of my links above are in £ rather than $ anyway). I'm just hoping for some recommendations for good solid reliable mid range upgrades that should last me a while. :hello:
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  1. cooler master is a fine PSU, though you can probably drop to a 500W on that build.

    Did You mean Green 1TB/2TB drives in your old system? 1GB and 2GB drive feels very 1994-95 :)

    if they are really 1 Gigabyte drives, dump the SSD for a 1TB HD from samsung or western digital. If thats a 1TB and 2TB, then the SSD is a fine idea.

    you'll probly do fine with 4 GB of G.Skill brand ram.

    the motherboard is solid, as is the 5770
  2. Sorry Screwy, that's supposed to be TB.

    Anyway, FWIW, I went with an Asus M4A8TD motherboard ( ) rather than the Gigabyte, as there were some reports of ram compatibility problems with the Gigabyte. I'm also getting G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 to go with it, as it looks more or less compatible with the Asus according to their QVL.

    After running my hardware through eXtreme's Power Supply Calculator ( ), it appears that my 480w psu may be powerful enough, so I think I'll give that a go first, before buying a new one. Most HD 5770 gpu's recommend a 450w power supply, but the slightly overclocked MSI Hawk recommends a 500w. As far a I can see though, even a fairly heavy overclock only pushes up the drain an extra 30w, so if the capacitors in my psu are still ok, things will hopefully work.
  3. Don't use that PSU!

    Its 4 years old now. If it was new. yeah, you could use it, but at 4 years old, it is getting old enough that the capacitors will have degraded.

    Get a newer 500-550W Powersupply that's 80+ Certified. OCZ, Cooler Master, Sea Sonic, Thermaltake, and Antec are all great PSU makers and their 500Ws run $40-60
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