In need of help with upgrading PC...

I have a Dell Dimension E521 here are my specs:

O.S. - XP Profession 32-bit SP3, came with Vista (but we all know Vista sucks!)

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+

Ram - 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 350 MHz 5-5-5-18

Mobo - Dell Inc 0UW457 (Socket M2)

Graphics - 512MB Geforce 8400 GS (nVidia)

Hard Drives - 500GB (Master), and 1TB (Slave) (1 TB was on sale and couldn't
pass it up back then)

Network - D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G510 Wireless PCI Adapter(rev.B)

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Now my question is what can I upgrade, with my specs as is, that would make my PC better with what's out there that isn't going to break the bank??? I know more than your average user, and work on PC's on the side. I would greatly appreciate the help/tips/advice that anyone would be willing to give me, I'm not above asking for help from anyone.
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  1. What are your uses?
  2. If you're into gaming then I would recommend an upgrade for your graphics card. If not then you don't really need an upgrade. Take a look at some of the newer cards and find a good one you like. There are plenty of very fast cards available for less than $200.
  3. I mainly play video games. Now I have 4 gigs of RAM, knowing I'm only using 3.2 of it with my O.S., but questions come to mind when it comes to putting in new hardware. What would make me have to upgrade my PSU? I'm in a gray area when it comes to this, so thank you so much to those who have answered so quickly.
  4. Is there a website like there is for RAM that can tell how much your mobo can handle video card wise?

    Like this site for RAM: http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

    I love that website btw, lol.
  5. Read on the sticker the wattage of your PSU. You can get this video card, it's much better than yours and consumes only 60 watts
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871&cm_re=HD_5670-_-14-102-871-_-Product
  6. Aight thanks for the advice mosox, but I have question what about it makes it better? I have no idea, but welcome your wisdom.
  7. Oh yeah it has a 305W PSU in it.
  8. The card is much newer and much faster, it consumes only 20W more so very probably will work on your PSU.
    http://www.hwcompare.com/graphics/compare.php?c=GeForce-8400-GS-512MB-vs-Radeon-HD-5670
    For anything above that video card you need another PSU ($50).
  9. Thank you so much for your help mosox!!!
  10. mosox what PSU do you suggest for that Video Card? i can't thank ya enough!
  11. I also concur with the top responses the HD 5670 is a solid video card for gaming at lower resolutions but with good effects all the while not sucking up too much wattage and wouldn't require a PSU upgrade.
  12. Aight well I know the Star Wars MMO hasn't come out yet but I was thinking of trying to play it on my PC and was lookin' for others thoughts on if yall would think my PC can A) handle it, B) i should upgrade certain parts, or C) build my own PC from scratch (which I would love to do just do to so, but not a lot of $$$ to do so).
  13. If you're reusing the HDDs and DVD drive you're looking at some $300-350 (mobo, CPU, RAM PSU and case) + the video card.
  14. Oh ok mosox and TrueGamer...thank you for help!
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