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Upgrading my 2 year old PC; mostly gaming and multimedia

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October 25, 2010 2:18:29 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my PC asap. I mostly need it for gaming and multimedia (movies and photoshop). Budget around $300-400

My Current Build is:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.80GHz
RAM: Kingston DDR2 2GB PC2-6400 (400MHz) x 2
GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9500GT 1Gb
HDD2: WD 5400Rpm 500GB Green Caviar
HDD1: WD 5400rpm 1TB Green Caviar
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
Case & PSU: Generic Bs (~350W)

Was thinking along the lines of upgrading the PSU and casing first [ Antec 300 and 550W PSU ~ $110]

Appreciate yall. Any comments / abuse (for the psu) welcome! :) 
Thanks!
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October 25, 2010 2:34:52 PM

you're actually pretty solid. You could just grab a video card and wait for sandy bridge to build an entire new pc is the $700-800 range.
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October 25, 2010 3:41:30 PM

thanks guys. actually i am waiting to upgrade to a Phenom II x 4 next, which will see me changing my mobo as well for the AM3 socket.

what would you say: isnt the Radeon 5770 or 5850 better value for comparable performance?

@malmental are you using an SSD? what differences dyou notice?
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October 30, 2010 6:50:58 AM

u really need a new gpu if u wana upgrade it thats the first thing i wud change the rest is pretty good!! and i agree with manmetal nvidea runs better with intel and if u have more mony to spend try going in for a quad!!
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October 30, 2010 9:58:03 AM

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for one bro, i personally feel that nVidia runs better with Intel chips.
second, my SSD... wicked. I run my OS and a few higher priority programs on it and the rest off the regular HDD.
big difference.. the response from HDD is like walking compared to a full sprint..


thanks bro! guess i need a ssd now. Which vendor is the best? I've personally heard a lot of praise for WD Velociraptor and Patriot SSDs
Suggestions?
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November 1, 2010 12:57:28 PM

Best answer selected by moqamar.
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