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Personally I'd say just switch out the graphics card and psu, since you well, need the psu, and a new card will do wonders with your gaming experience. A four core ?Thuban? is still plenty for today's games.
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Thank you Shimme - Clue too, just swap for a new video card and power supply - and save on my money worry(s) - You sir; just helped my decision; on too keep food in the fridge this month haha

Will keep both the Thermaltake 500W and Asus Radeon HD 7870- and for DDR2 RAM - Currently sitting at 4GB OCZ- the ram is 6 years old too - and once in a while does need to be reset or pulled from non-post's. That will be a next upgrade. Slowly; resourcefully will get it there.
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My last main rig before i spilled coffee down the power supply had an Thermaltake 1200W.. I mean ROCK soild . Consistent - never had problems with booting or in storms -- A high end 500 W would be best i assume, branded of course.

Coffee in the PSU? Now thats a new one thinking.gif

But yeah, definitely go for something branded Thermaltake, Corsair, Antec, etc..
For a 7770 you'll still have headroom with 500W, even to throw in something like a GTX 650 you should be fine.

If you're worried about power failure during a storm or something grab a power board with surge protection and plug your computer, monitor, speakers, etc.. into it (thats what i do at least tongue.gif )
Or grab a UPS.
But i think PSU's nowadays have features to protect against power failure and stuff.


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Really the only upgrade i need is a new power supply and video card...
But i figured.... hey if im going to do that - should do the ram, then realizing that DDR2 will not do anymore with a new video card set-up - my goal is to try an eliminate bottleneck or possible hiccups between emulation, Bus, and a good north bridge chip while keeping quality with brands.

humm- This really changed the setup for me - now just thinking if i keep the CPU setup or try Intel ?

DDR2 is a little dated, stores will begin selling DDR4 in a few months so you'd probably want to have a DDR3 board at least.
If you're thinking of Intel, I personally like the Sandy Bridge Dual Core's and have built a couple of machines with them, they're cheap ($60-$80 on average), and can outperform some of the older Core2Quad CPU's in the gaming department.
But if you're willing to wait, the Haswell Chips should arrive this year, 2 gens newer than Sandy Bridge, and will support DDR4.

If you're sticking with the 7770, then a Sandy Bridge dual core is decent choice, especially if you don't want to fork out $130 for an i3 or $200+ for an i5.
   
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