Any chance to upgrade?


Mar 17, 2012
Got a old computer i got at beast buy a few years ago iam looking to upgrade (and have parts to build a new one down the line) i just built my own gaming pc for around $1200 so this will be for my GF mostly just to play mmo's Aion,Gw2 , FF a realm reborn .

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: GT567
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8500 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0421&SUBSYS_0480196E&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1904 MB
Dedicated Memory: 497 MB
Shared Memory: 1407 MB
psu- is 330watt

what iam wondering is if i can just get a new case,psu,and video card and that the cpu will last untill maybe next year when i can get a i5, new mobo and ram.

so mainly i wanna upgrade now and then use those parts later to make a new build.

right now i can get 30fps on the lowest settings on gw2 and aion.
You can definitely add the new case , psu and graphics card

but Im picking you wont see anywhere near the gains from the graphics card as you shoud because the Phenom 1 processor is not very powerful

Have you considered getting an AMD APU /mb and ram as an upgrade instead?

AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz $130

ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M FM2 AMD A75 $75

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) $43

and even without a graphics card its going to be much more powerful that the current system and it should even run on the current power supply [ assuming you have the right connectors ]

the reason for using the lovo Kingston RAM is that you can set it manually to 1.5 volts and then set the speed to 1866 Mhz which helps the graphics performance of the AMD APU

Thats the graphics built in to the chip . You can also add a graphics card for more performance later . You can even add some Radeon cards and crossfire with the APU


Mar 17, 2012
How does the amd a10-5800k compare to a i5 2500k or the bulldozer amd cpu's i havent seen much about it . i went with the i5 2500k with the one i built. ill have to look more into it but it seems like a decent idea money wise.

i still want something that will be strong later down the road also.


May 4, 2011
Here's what I would do....

assuming you are playing on a 1080p monitor, i would go ahead and get an HD 7850 (or 7770 if you're playing at a lower resolution), a new PSU, and keep your CPU. Find out if the CPU is too much of bottleneck, then make your decision about getting a new CPU and motherboard. You're going to get a new GPU and PSU anyway, you might as well see if you can squeak by with your current CPU for another year.