Upgrade Advice?..


Aug 17, 2011
Hey guys i have been lurking around this forum lately, have seen quite the many ask for advice on builds and what not so i figured i would do the same. So i just acquired a PC from my brother who is moving and it was something he decided he wasn't going to need. It is a few years old 2 years maybe? but i wanted to get the most out of this machine so
trying to upgrade to get the most out of this pc.

Approximate Purchase Date: the next few weeks

Budget Range: looking to spend around 500. but willing to go a few more if it is worth it

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Coding, Photo editing, etc

Parts Not Required: Looking to just upgrade what i already have. Here at the specs :

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+

GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9600GT


MoBo: AsusTek Computer Inc M2A-VM

PSU: Hush580W

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any is fine. What ever is the best deal!

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 soon to upgrade to a 1920x1080

Additional Comments: For 500 i feel like the best option would be to just upgrade as much as i could to beef up the system but then again i have no idea. If anyone could help me out that would be awesome. Thanks for your time.



Dec 29, 2007
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815004
$30 Xigmatek Asgard II (cheap, tooless, painted interior. Get a second 120mm fan later for the front)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131754
$145 ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417
$49 G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($20 off combo with MB)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808
$120 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition ($17 off, with MB)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
$60 CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
$60 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb ($15 off, with PSU, and a $10 MIR)
VID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102941
$120 SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 ($14 off with PSU, $20 MIR)
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
$19 LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X ($6.50 off with HDD)

Total, no OS: $603 + S&H (not counting MIR, specials or combo deals)
Total no OS with included combo deals: $530.50 + S&H (not counting $30 MIR)


Apr 11, 2011
This is what I would do, to "ressurect" this system.

You can keep your motherboard for a while! With a quick search on the internet, you can use Athlon II X4 630. It's a Quad Core CPU, with 95W TDP and with a little bit of luck it can go up to 3.3 - 3.4 Ghz.

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

Of course you' ll need an aftermarket heatsink, and there's nothing better perfomance / $ wise than the Hyper 212+

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

You can keep 4GB of memory too. Not worth to go to 8GB as it's too expensive!

Then, for light gaming nothing is better than a 6770! Low power consumption and you can play a lot of todays games at 1680x1050 with playable frames!

SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

That will be the core of your system. But you need a good case and psu, so everything runs quiet and cool! Classic value choices here!

Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And BAM! You have now, a sweet little gaming machine that will do the job for now plus a year. Then you can sell it for a reasonable price and get something better!