Helping a coworker do a budget upgrade

I was talking with a coworker and he said he is wanting to upgrade some of his pc cause he would like to be able to play Day Z,and mabye far cry 3 when it comes out and his current video card of a 9600gt 512mb is getting a little old.

His system is an HP with i think a AMD athlon II X2 240 2.8ghz(but i may be wrong)and either 4 or 5gb of ddr3 ram

What he wants to do is just upgrade his case,PSU,and GPU(he may upgrade more later),and his budget is $300 shipped.

I talked with him and he really likes the Fractal Design Arc Midi,and it is $89.99,and i was thinking of him spending around $50 on a psu,and around $150 on a gpu.

I was looking at some options for the PSU's and GPU's,here are some i am looking at and give me any suggestions you guys have.


RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply, New Version with Build-in LED Fan On/Off Switch

RAIDMAX RX-500AF Continuous 500 watts ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified   Power Supply    

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3   80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC Power Supply


XFX Double D Black Edition FX-777A-ZDB4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2653-KR GeForce GTX 650 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card   

XFX HD-685A-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

what is his upgrade budget?  I got a job interview tomorrow so I'll check up afterwards

well  it is $300,but he only wants to upgrade hs case,PSU and GPU,i tried to talk him into spend a little more and doing a full upgrade but he can't afford it.

Ok i have been doing some looking and i decided on getting this video card.

MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card   

so i could spend a little extra on a PSU,and i have found a few between $50-$60,and i would like to know which is best.

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready   Power Supply

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC Power Supply   



his mobo probably doesn't support CPUs above 95w so your best bet is to upgrade to sandy/ivy dual cores

his CPU will most deffinetly bottleneck his GPU but it will still play better than what he was

I was just wondering, wouldnt it be better to get a 660 non ti?

yeah I thanks, got to keep on my toes