Hey guys im new here and just wanted to see if there are any useful tips for upgrading my pc specific to my hardware that i currently have. I bought this pc for about $500 from a guy who custom builds pc's himself about a year ago but i feel i could do with a bit more power. I also have an issue where my pc will randomly shut off when i send it to sleep mode(not shut down, but shut off, as if you pulled the power supply out while the pc is on, bringing it to show that there was an unexpected shut down of the pc error page when it is turned back on, and also a BSOD every now and then) I think some of this may be due to needing new thermal paste on my processor because it currently doesnt have any because i checked and its all dried out, i think it may over heat every now and then. On another note, here are my pc specs that i can find.
Dell Inc. 0F896N (AM2) Motherboard
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
AMD Athlon II X4 640 processor
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (5-5-5-18) Ram
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (MSI) graphics card
500 GB SanDisk SDSSDHII480G SSD
I know for a fact that i could use a tad bit more ram and perhaps a newer processor, however my current motherboard uses an AM3 socket for the processor and newer processors close to AM3 are running an AM3+ socket which cannot fit my motherboard. so my question is, would it be worth it stick with my current motherboard and find one of the better am3 socket processors available or go ahead and get an entirely new motherboard that supports a newer processor, and having to deal with making my other hardware compatible with the newer motherboard? My budget isnt that high, maybe $500 roughly. Im just looking to add a bit more power because my pc cannot run any of the newer games that are coming out these days. Its quit fast, with a boot up time less than 10 seconds and any program boots up almost instantly. So im looking for more of an upgrade that will help with gaming.