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Upgrade for an old rig if possible

Hello guys, I'm new here and I really need help. I've been wanting to change a few parts on my old rig and it has the following

Gigabyte MA780G-UD3H - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128382&cm_re=MA780G-UD3H-_-13-128-382-_-Product
Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
AMD Athlon 64 x2 5200+
Kingston Hyperx 4GB DDR2 1066
My PSU is a 500W don't know what the brand is because it came with the case when i bought it

So here are my questions:

1. What processor would be good to upgrade it with and will be suitable for my mobo?

2. What's a cheap and good CPU cooling for my mobo socket? because the stock that I'm using is getting pretty loud now

3. I really want to upgrade my video card and it says my mobo can do crossfire, so what is a good, reliable to enough to run games on medium settings and affordable but not too cheap gpu that i can buy? (btw i'm just a medicore gamer)

4. Should i still add some more memory or 4GB is enough if i'm gonna do an upgrade with my processor and video card?

5. Finally should i buy a new psu? considering that I'm planning to do a crossfire and overclocking if possible

I will gladly hear your Recommendation and Suggestions! Thanks in advance!
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  1. Pretty much all AM3 CPU is supported http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-popup.aspx?pid=3004 so X4 955BE would be a good choice as an example.
    Cooler http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=212%2b_cpu_cooler-_-35-103-065-_-Product
    HD5770 or GTS450 would do as a GPU upgrade but if there is more money in the budget HD6850 and GT460 1GB would be candidates.
    4GB is fine on ram
    A quality PSU is always the basis of a stable system, great deal on this one at the moment http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
  2. Best answer
    I didn't check compatibility, so I'm trusting rolli59.

    CPU: $140 Phenom II x4 955BE
    Cooler: $30 Hyper 212+
    Graphics: $140 Radeon HD 5850 w/ Coupon: MWM27388 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?afsrc=1&EdpNo=199805&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=lw9MynSeamY-2r.AjjMMswQuR3t7nPJp7A

    Cheap alternate:

    CPU: Athlon II x3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886&cm_re=athlon_ii_x3-_-19-103-886-_-Product
    Cooler: $30 Hyper 212+
    Graphics: Radeon HD 5770 can be found for $85 w/ rebate now and then CrossfireX them for some awesome performance down the line.


    RAM: You're good.
    PSU: Good deal for that antec rolli59 posted--not the best deal ever, but solid still. You won't be wasting more than $15 if you wait though. If you're never planning on using dual graphics cards, a 500W will do with all but the most powerful gpus. The PSU manufacturer matters for reliability. The Amperage on the +12V rail tells a lot more about capacity than listed wattage from a bad manufacturer (Logisys 600W PSUs have the same amperage as Antec 380W PSUs). You'll want at least 25A or so. I'd go for 34A.
  3. I agree with Dalauder but only because i went the cheap alternate route. I bought the Athlon II x3 450, and a ASRock 770DE+ motherboard so i could keep my DDR2 memory (4gb) and I upgraded to a MSI R5770 Hawk. Wow what a amazing difference from my stock Presario and a HD 4350.. I love my new setup, sure its not top of the line and i cant run Rift on Max settings totally but i can have them almost all the way up with 40-50 FPS. So it really depends on your budget but I can definately say that the "cheap alternate" is still definately a great choice for a budget pc. :) cheers!
  4. @delauder, rolli59: I've decided to get the AMD phenom II X4 for my processor, Tried to look for a combo at new egg, but all I see is with GTX 560s which is really way up my budget and I really don't need that High end card

    So I've been thinking about the video card that i should get. The GTX 460 1GB is pretty much even with the Radeon 5850 when not crossfired or sli http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=180

    If i go with the 460 the cheapest is this: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591&cm_re=460-_-14-130-591-_-Product
    and if i go with the 5850 sapphire really has a good deal on it http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102932&cm_re=5850-_-14-102-932-_-Product compare to the same 5850's that costs around 200+. And one more I cant find any reviews on this card yet, i wanted to see what others think about it

    So what would be the best to get, 460 or 5850?


    @cored17: thought about getting the 5770 too but with the deal for the 5850 is quite tempting and a few bucks will really boost up my performance
  5. @fjnv--VERY IMPORTANT: A GTX 460 SE is NOT a GTX 460. It is a GTX 460 SE and is worse than the GTX 460 768MB.

    Once again, you should get the $140 5850 I linked above w/ the coupon code.

    The Phenom II x4 955BE is a great CPU. Do not confuse it with an 840, which is an Athlon II, not a Phenom II, despite what the name tells you.
  6. That Sapphire HD5850 is a great deal price/performance. I would not worry to much about reviews on it and just go by Sapphire reputation being the largest ATI (AMD) partner on the GPU market.
  7. Best answer selected by fjnv.
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