[SOLVED] Buying or upgrading PC. What parts do you think would be the best option for me, given the details below?

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I am looking to run and record games such as Minecraft w/shaders and Cities: Skylines to start, with possible expansion into more AAA titles depending on what I can afford. At the moment my PC struggles with any screen recording, but especially when gaming. I use OBS and perhaps I could optimize the way it records, but I'm not sure how to do that at this point. I am open to suggestions as I am new to screen recording.

Regardless, I believe I need new components at least, as my PC was built in 2013. Here are my current PC specs. In addition to what is listed here, I have also upgraded the 60GB SSD with a 250GB SSD on which the operating system (Windows 10) and most programs are installed. I have also added an additional 2TB of HDD storage.

Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3330 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.0GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail Box
(BX80637I53330)

Hard Drives Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5in 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD
(ST500DM002)

Solid State Drives - SSD Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5in SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Drive Retail Maple Crest
(SSDSC2CT060A3K5)

Motherboard Gigabyte B75M-D3H mATX LGA1155 B75 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
(GA-B75M-D3H)

DVD Writer Samsung SH-224BB 24X SATA DVD Writer Black
(SH-224BB/BEBE)

DDR3 Memory (RAM) Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit - Black Mamba
(PV316G160C9K)

Video Cards AMD Radeon HD 7870 1GHz 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E DVI HDMI 2 X Mini Display Port
(AMD-RADEON-7870-2GB)

Computer Case Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Gaming Case 302 ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio
(THREE HUNDRED TWO)

Power Supply Antec HCG-620M 620W ATX12V Modular SINGLE-RAIL 48A 80PLUS Bronze 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply
(HCG-620M)


I am not looking to spend more than $500 CAD on upgrades, or $1200 CAD on a new PC. I spent about $1000 CAD on my initial build back in 2013, but understand that given recent developments in North American trade as well as high GPU demand, I may need to spend more for parts now in 2021.

My biggest concern is largely around motherboard compatibility and power supply. If I buy a new CPU and/or graphics card, is it likely that the system will still work properly?
What kind of GPU or CPU should I buy?

Thanks so much,

Curtis
 
Considering the current market situation, this should be good upgrade along with your existing case and storage...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | $180.00 @ shopRBC
CPU Cooler | Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 V2 64.5 CFM CPU Cooler | $29.99 @ Canada Computers
Motherboard | Asus PRIME B560M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | $139.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $107.99 @ PC-Canada
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1650 G6 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card | $403.70 @ Vuugo
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $951.66
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-05-13 12:37 EDT-0400 |

Although your PSU is good, its pretty depreciated by now. The card is available at the time of posting.
 
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Considering the current market situation, this should be good upgrade along with your existing case and storage...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor | $180.00 @ shopRBC
CPU Cooler | Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 V2 64.5 CFM CPU Cooler | $29.99 @ Canada Computers
Motherboard | Asus PRIME B560M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard | $139.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory | Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $107.99 @ PC-Canada
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1650 G6 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card | $403.70 @ Vuugo
Power Supply | SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $89.99 @ Mike's Computer Shop
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $951.66
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-05-13 12:37 EDT-0400 |

Although your PSU is good, its pretty depreciated by now. The card is available at the time of posting.
Thanks for the help! It's too bad graphics cards are so expensive RN, but I'll check out these parts.
 

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