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PC Upgrade Wisdom Request

*Disclaimer* I've never used this forum before, if this is the wrong place for this or if there is a better site for this type of request, please let me know and disregard the bulkier part of my nonsense below*

Hello All!

I'm just looking for help on ideas for upgrading my current PC, which I built years ago, and completely forgot how to do so since.

The specs are below...I definitely want to buy an additional SSD drive that is larger to replace my current C drive (the 120GB SSD), and will be upgrading to Windows 10. Otherwise I am not looking to do a complete overhaul, just ideally replacing and/or adding some elements that could improve its performance, specifically for video editing (a dedicated graphics card? more RAM?) . Budget is also very small, so the cheaper the better.

Any ideas, insight or pushes in the right direction would be a great help and much appreciated! Anger for possibly putting this question in the wrong or inappropriate place, if accurate, is also welcome and expected. Thanks for your time!

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL

Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-W1 Black/White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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I missed a few things.
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PS. For video editing.

A GPU will help. Nod to the 1050 Ti or better for 1080p work.
A larger SSD will be nice. For now the 500GB SSD is a good price point.
As to W10, I'd get that free attempt done before CPU changes since the OS licenses are locked to the motherboard. You don't want to buy W10 and change the motherboard since that's painful.

For the CPU, check out compatible CPUs for your board. Nod to the i7.

RAM? Would not change. 16GB is fine for 1080p editing.

Any thoughts of UHD 4K means you need to reconsider that sort of work.

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Thanks!

Thanks for the help! There is no dedicated graphics card/GPU currently. Would be used primarily for mid-level video editing (1080p, maybe 4k down the road), no gaming.

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Even the 1050 Ti would be a huge bump.

And it's not used for just gaming.

https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1050-Ti-vs-Intel-HD-4000-Desktop-115-GHz/3649vs2169 is the closest I could find to what Intel Graphics you have now.

I want to re-iterate my W10 advice. Try to get in on that last known W10 upgrade because:
1. If you go to sell, give away your old box...
2. If you change the CPU or motherboard before the W10 upgrade attempt, you may break the possible free upgrade request.
3. I've seen CPU changes to be OK with W10 but not motherboard changes.

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Noted and applied.

The Windows 10 upgrade has already been found for free and installed successfully, just working through the kinks and checking that everything is OK Happy

Also just picked up a 500GB SSD on Amazon for 70 bux, so moving in the right direction. Thanks again

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