Need to upgrade

Don't know alot about hardware but i've had this pc for a few years, I think its time to upgrade something(s). Any advice would be helpful & more info available upon request (not really sure what to offer.
cpu: 3.40 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 965
gfx: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
ram: 8gb

I play alot of games, multiple clients/games at once, while streaming music/movies/videos. Just looking for the best over all upgrade(s) available without breaking the bank. Thanks
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  1. To be honest it already looks pretty good. What monitor do you have? Maybe you should upgrade that. Buy a cooler and OC your cpu a little too.
  2. If you don't have one you could plant an SSD in there for your operating system.
  3. not sure how to use the overclock feature lol D;
    also yesterday i got a windows message saying i needed to close something due to lack of memory, thats what sparked my interest in upgrading. Not really sure why i got the message.
  4. Lack of memory with 8GB? You don't have 32 bit windows do you?
  5. no I use 64 bit OS
  6. ya it didnt sound right to me either lol, ill not exactly what the error was next time if i get it, was just curious if there was anything i should update at this time. thanks for all the posts ^^ could just be a hardware failure with something i have
  7. The only part of your system that's lacking is the graphics. If you drop about 150 into a new card, you could see some nice improvement when you do graphically intense stuff. Otherwise, your system is fine as is.

    I'd recommend for example,
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards
  8. abekl said:
    The only part of your system that's lacking is the graphics. If you drop about 150 into a new card, you could see some nice improvement when you do graphically intense stuff. Otherwise, your system is fine as is.

    I'd recommend for example,
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130661&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards

    I believe the 480 is more powerful than the 560 it just draws a lot of power.
  9. Really. Well dunce to me. I don't really know the Nvidia lineup as well as the AMD lineup, so it's perfectly possible.
  10. I just checked anandtech bench and it is similar to the 570 in most games.
  11. Then he really doesn't have to upgrade a thing. An SSD might be nice if money is burning a hole in his pocket.
  12. FYI, if you have an antivirus, or program that is supposed to "optimize" your PC they have a tendency to tell you things like "You may be in danger of having a slow computer/getting a virus if you don't upgrade to super-ultra-plus". Usually they are full of crap. I suggest finding a guide to optimize your OS, and buying a Solid state drive(almost insta-load games/clients).
  13. my 2 cents

    - overclock your cpu to 4.0 GHz

    - add SSD
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