$2-300 Upgrade to Budget Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 200-300 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050


I'm moving from Japan to the US next week, taking my current computer with me. For weight/space reasons I'll be ditching my case/PSU in Japan and buying new ones when I get home. I figure that since I'll be ordering from newegg anyway that I might as well do a bit of upgrading at the same time.

My current system is:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

It was originally a budget gaming rig I built 2 or so years ago after browsing through this forum. I don't have any particular complaints about its performance, but obviously things could be better.

I'd appreciate any advice re: a decent budget case/PSU and what be the most effective place to throw a couple hundred dollars at. Thanks!
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  1. for PSU a 750w is enough for you i think,heres one -$90
    add this stick if RAM-$25
    a gtx 560 ti will fulfill your needs,heres a good one-

    HAPPY journey !@!@!@!@
  2. Best answer
    ^1+ for the ram.

    GIGABYTE GV-R685OC-1GD - 160 (without rebate)
    the 560 ti goes over your budget and it will be wasted at that resolution .
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB - 25
    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
    AZZA Orion 202 -50
    ive got this case and its awesome
    your choice between a ssd or cpu cooler
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