Upgrade path

I built my first pc about a year ago for my gaming/everyday needs, and it was a huge success! It does everything i want it to and couldnt be happier. Right now my monitor is running at 1360x768 and im getting a new one at 1920x1080, and unfortunately i dont think my current setup will be able to run anything at that resolution so im looking to upgrade. Not sure what i can put in there, so im asking for help! My current pc is

Cpu: AMD Athlon x4 630 2.79ghz
Gpu: Ati radeon hd 5770 XXX edition
RAM: 2x2gb(4) g skill ddr3 1600
HD: Seagate barracuda 500gb 7200rpm
Mobo: Asrock M3A77ODE
PSU : Antec 550w

Thanks in advance for any replies/suggestions!
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    The least expensive upgrade to game happily at 1920x1080, will be to upgrade the graphics card. If you like max eye candy, you will want at minimum:
    Nvidia GTX 460 1GB
    AMD HD 6850,3042-7.html

    (The HD 5770 will still work OK with the higher resolution, but you will have to back off on most of the settings. Anti-aliasing (AA) is one of the main framerate killers.)

    I'm assuming you meant you had an Athlon II X4 630. It should be fine for now. But that would be #2 on your list to upgrade. That will help you get the most out of the graphics card.,3077-5.html
  2. Thanks for the reply pretty much figured graphics was the best way to go for obvious reasons, with a beefier card and maybe a different cpu will i need a bigger power supply as well?
  3. Depending on the CPU and GPU you choose, and the current drawing devices in the rest of your system, the 550W Antec will probably be OK. But to check for sure, use a PSU calculator like the one below.

    On a recent build I had an i3-2100, 8GB DDR3, and a HD 6850 on my Antec 520W PSU, and it had plenty of headroom left.
  4. Alright well thanks so much for the help, guess its time to go look at some newegg deals.
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