Upgrading process

I am starting an upgrade process on my computer.
It is a home built gaming computer and runs perfectly fine but will not be able to handle the next gen games as well as i wish it would.

here is the specs

cpu - phenom ii x4 965 be
mobo - msi 970A-g46
gpu - msi r7770 *hd 7770
psu - rosweill stallion 500w
RAM - g.skill ripjaws x series 2x2gb *4gb's total
case - tosewill challenger atx mid tower

i am just wondering where to start with and what i should buy for the upgrade.
i was thinking of buying a better psu as this one has short cables that barely reach and are crushing my gpu wish is barely in the way of one of the cables.
I do not want to go to intel just yet as i'm confident in the cpu lasting me a little while longer.

I am really wanting to get a better
gpu, RAM, and especially the psi.

i can decide the gpu on my own but with the other two i need help on.

psu - price limit is $100
RAM - price limit is also around $100
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  1. I would agree your CPU can last you a bit longer. Your PSU is ok for what you have, but if you are looking for a good GPU upgrade I would replace that as well with something reliable and proper wattage. What is your budget over all? 4GB of RAM should be ok if you aren't capping it out. If you make sure you don't have a lot of background items running most games would run just fine. I have 6GB and I think I've only rarely gone over that. If you are looking to upgrade 8GB or DDR3-1600 is about $50 or so.
  2. Just some ideas for you:

    PSU: XFX 550W $70-15(code)=$55 (also has $15MIR= $40): This PSU is actually made by Seasonic and is considered a VERY good unit. With the coupon code and MIR it's $40.

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 $55-10%off(code)= $49.50: Good RAM cheap

    GPU: I won't list any, but I would suggest a GTX660 or AMD7870. They are both around $220+ but they both come with free stuff. Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider for the AMD cards, and $150 towards in game credits for World of Tanks($50), PlanetSide2($50), and Hawken($50) for Nvidia cards. I think these are really good deals. While I prefer the GTX660 I like the 2 free games form the AMD cards better. I do like PlanetSide2, it's a GREAT game. I play it alot.
  3. I know you didnt ask for GPU suggestions, but i cant help suggesting the 7870 XT. Its amazing bang for buck and basically a stripped down 7950 for cheaper.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fgmk
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fgmk/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fgmk/benchmarks/

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $349.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 17:06 EST-0500)
  4. I will deffenitly look into the ram and the psu.
    the only reason i am not looking into a new gpu just yet is because i'm only gaming on a 720p tv and it really doesn't require a decent card to play most games on medium-high settings.
    i have heard alot of the xdx and will look into buying it probably next week.
    as long as the chords are long enough to get over my gpu.
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