PC possible upgrades

xXZeboXx

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Hello everybody
(First off please excuse me as I am still new on Tomshardware,and if possible help me to learn from any mistakes.)
Right that being said,I upgraded (actually got into) pc gaming this time a year ago and I built my own mid-high end (back then) pc.
The specs are:

AMD phenom II x4 945 @ 3.00Ghz (stock and stock cpu cooler)

Gtx550ti gigabyte 1gb gddr5 (never overclocked)

MSI 880GMS-E35(AM3+ FX edition)

8gb ddr3 1333Mhz (mobo only allows 1333Mhz)

500w coolermaster extreme plus psu

1600x900 20" lcd samsung

Ok so my question is what would be the best way to upgrade my build but on a budget (I have $150 to spend).I preferably do not want to overclock but will if it works out cheaper/better.

Thanks
 

xXZeboXx

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Ok thank you for the quick reply!
I thought it would be my gpu.What gpu would you recommend I also forgot to add that my friend opted to buy my gpu so all in all I have $250 for a gpu and was thinking of the Diamond HD7850,thoughts?Also forgot to mention my screen is only 1600x900.
Thanks
 

xXZeboXx

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Yes and I would need to get a psu upgrade if I wanted anything higher than HD7850.Ok diamond HD7850 2gb or from msi same price 1gb will the msi card still be better option?
 

xXZeboXx

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I would if I could but my psu will not allow it I am afraid.
 

xXZeboXx

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BK?As in black edition?no it is not .Are you intending that I overclock my cpu if not then for the cooler would I need a cooler if it hits 64 degrees celsius under load?(Prime 95 after 10 mins)
 

maui67

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I know this is a bit above your budget of $250 (before rebates) but nice upgrade at gpu and much better psu:

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $195 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127663

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $70 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
 

xXZeboXx

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Would I need a psu upgrade if I get the 2gb version?I just got this psu not too long ago.
 

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