TL;DR : Help? Which upgrade item is going to give me the most noticeable improvement in my pc? Budget: Something in the region of £150 - 200 Main uses of intended build: Gaming/recording music and video. Parts required: Ideally looking for advice about a new processor, RAM, and monitor Previous build information (list details of parts): MSI A55M E33 FM2 motherboard, AMD Athlon X4 740, 8gb DDR3 1600MHz, Radeon HD7790, 1tb WD Green. Monitor resolution: No-name 15" monitor @ 800x600, with a max of 1024x768 (my HDTV is now in the lounge, so I rescued it from my brothers room.) Storage requirements: Current drive is ok, but considering other options for future. will you be overclocking: No Any motherboard requirements (no. of USB, Xfire/SLI, fan headers): Recycling current motherboard Extra information about desired system: Recycling motherboard, 7790, and storage, case etc. For some reason, Windows only recognises 4 of the 8gb RAM. So I figured on replacing both sticks to give it a bit more grunt. The rig is a little over a year old, and I feel it's slowing down, and it needs a kick up the ass. I realise that my budget is tight, and as the computer works just fine for now, the processor can wait a bit maybe until I've saved up a bit more. I'm desperate for a new monitor bigger than 15", and I do think more RAM will be of more benefit than the processor. I'm mainly interested in peoples opinions on whether to go APU or stay with a standard CPU. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for gear to look at in the Christmas sales, that'd be great.