Question Upgrade advice for old gaming system with very limited budget!


Feb 25, 2019
Short version: 9 year old hardware that needs upgrading but with limited funds, what to prioritise with £200 budget.

CPU: I7 3770k
RAM: 2x 8gb DDR3 1338MHz (currently XMP at 1800MHz)
GPU: Zotac 1650 Super 4gb (Brand new)
PSU: 850W (no idea what model, pentium 4 pc-850auba-m?)
HHD: 1TB Disk drive
CPU Arctic Freezer 11 LP Low Profile CPU Cooler
Case: 9 year old terrible case that's falling apart with terrible air flow

So in a nut shell I need advise on what to upgrade on my rig with a £200 budget.
Also this hardware (expcept the GPU) is very old, around 9 years old. And the cpu was running pretty much intel stock fan for years so god knows the condition on that poor CPU.
Also the PSU makes some funky noises sometimes, even after cleaning (think the fan bearings a bit messed up)

The most obvious glaring thing is getting an SSD but what size and pricing?
My CPU and board can't be used with DDR4 so that's out of the question, unless I get a new board and CPU but £200 isn't going to cut it I don't think.

My initial thoughts are to grab an SSD, get a new case and cooler, but your advice would be greatly appreciated!


May 19, 2020
Thanks for the parts list, much appreciated!

So you think just keeping it alive with a new PSU, cooler and case would be the way to go with this?
Obviously it won't improve the speeds etc except for the much needed SSD.
Well I'm with 4790k which is not much further from 3770k...
You can see my build in my signature..
It depends on your needs, but for me your configuration is good enough, even for gaming with mid range card...
if you can, return the 1650super

save up some more money

if the cooler still cools the CPU under the throttle limit, let it be
If you wanna overclock, you will have to get a much pricier cooler >35 pounds to feel a performance boost

personally I would not buy a case with such a low budget

try getting a 5600XT
MX500 SSD >= 500GB
good PSU >=500W gold, warranty >=5 years (the seasonic suggested from Vyrvelata would be fine as well)

PCPartPicker Part List

Storage: Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£59.07 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB GAMING OC Video Card (£275.84 @ Box Limited)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£79.98 @ Currys PC World Business)
Total: £414.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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