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
RAM---Crucial Value Select PC3200 DDR400 1Gig X 2 (one stick just died)
PSU---X Power Light 480 - ( http://www.compucase-hec.co.uk/psu_xpower_light-480-580... )
HDD--1 X WD Green 1GB, 1 X WD Green 2GB, 2 X seagate 300gb
DVD Multidrive / Floppy / Auto Fan Controller
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 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-171-... )
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.
Anyway, FWIW, I went with an Asus M4A8TD motherboard ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/206151 ) 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 ( http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine ), 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.