GREEN BOLD: WANT TO KEEP
RED ITALIC: POTENTIAL UPGRADE
HAS TO CHANGE (Uneducated rush decision on purchase)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz (4x512MB)
HEATSINK/COOLER: Cooler Master N520
MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2 (Rev 1.1)
* Mostly unhappy with the mATX form factor and CPU has to be overclocked to 3.2GHz to get RAM timings close to specifications.
MEMORY: OC-Z Technology Platinum Series 2x2GB DDR2-1066 OCZ2P10664GK
*Happy with this brand and the performance despite above notes; however, may want something a bit bigger? Do you guys have any thoughts on OC-Z RAM? I am thinking if DDR3 upgrade might stick with this brand, Kingston or Crucial.
Graphic Card: Radeon 5450 (Installed) / Radeon 4350 (Sitting around)
*Kind of want to crossfire these, but don't think they support it. Any suggestions on video card? I like staying with AMD.
HDD1: WD Caviar Blue 320GB WD3200BPVT (Partitions: OS, User Files, Downloads)
HDD2: WD Caviar Green 500GB WD5000AAVS (Partitions: Prefetch, PS Scratch, Documents, Music, Videos)
HDD3: Maxtor 160GB (Very old backup drive)
*May rid myself of this drive and get an SSD around 250GB to use for OS and User Files.
320Gig: App/Driver Backup > Games > Downloads > Documents
500Gig: OS Backup > Music > Videos > Other
(Which sounds like a daunting amount of time... ugh)
PSU: Diablotek 575W (Who cares the model, haha)
Okay so... what I know I have to replace is the crappy PSU considering one of these:
Corsair 650W Modular CS650M (around $90)
Corsair 750W Modular CX750M (around $80)
Corsair 650W Modular RM650 (around $80)
The motherboard I am looking at that I actually like is: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
The RAM I am looking at is: Kingston 2x8GB DDR3-1333MHz HX313C9FK2/16
I think even just these upgrades alone would make a HUGE improvement in performance... with or without upgrading to a Solid State Drive. Any thoughts on the above upgrades or any suggestions on upgrades that are more bang for the buck?
Preferably, I really would like to find a cheaper power supply, that isn't a risk to my overall system.