Question Gaming PC Upgrade Advice - $1000 budget

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Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade my current system (see specs below) with a budget of around $1000. I use my system for gaming only and I'm looking to improve performance on higher settings for AAA games.

What components would be my best bang-for-buck performance upgrade? My thinking is that upgrading GPU/CPU only would be my best option but I'm open to suggestions.

Also, with the current state of the market for graphics card market is this a bad time to be upgrading? I'm keeping an eye out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals but I have no idea how these prices compare to previous years.

Current Specs (last upgraded Nov 2018):
-GPU: Radeon RX 570 8GB
-CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3200Mz, 6 cores)
-PSU: Rosewill 550W
-MB: MSI B450-A PRO
-RAM Vulcan 2x8gb DDR4
-OS: Windows 10 Home
-Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks!
 
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813144396
MSI MAG B560M BAZOOKA $99.99 Save: $40.00 (29%)

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-11400-core-i5-11th-gen/p/N82E16819118241
Intel Core i5-11400 $189.98

DEEP COOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Air Cooler $29.99

https://www.newegg.com/corsair-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820236540
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200 CL16 $59.99 Save: $16.00 (21%)

Total: $380

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/MAG-B560M-BAZOOKA

Review of that cpu w/benchmarks

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html

 
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/334233835280
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC GAMING 12GB Graphics Card $774.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $69.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code BFCM247 Save: $35.00 (33%)
Thanks for the advice - Having shopped around a bit I'm debating delaying the GPU upgrade based on how inflated the prices are at the moment. Could I expect much of a gaming performance upgrade with the i5 processor and additional RAM compared to my current setup?
 
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Thanks for the advice - Having shopped around a bit I'm debating delaying the GPU upgrade based on how inflated the prices are at the moment. Could I expect much of a gaming performance upgrade with the i5 processor and additional RAM compared to my current setup?
The #1 gaming upgrade for your system would be a better GPU. The difference between your 570 8gb and your current CPU vs a more powerful CPU is minimal. With a BIOS update, your board supports the current best CPUs from AMD. You could upgrade your CPU to a 5600x or higher but until you upgrade your GPU, the differences will mostly be small.
 
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Then depending on the type of games you play a gpu and monitor upgrade might be a good choice. I play a lot of fast moving games and having gone 144Hz I’m never going back to 60.
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind - I'll have to get my FPS well above 60 for that to be worth it but it does sound like a much smoother experience.
 

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The #1 gaming upgrade for your system would be a better GPU. The difference between your 570 8gb and your current CPU vs a more powerful CPU is minimal. With a BIOS update, your board supports the current best CPUs from AMD. You could upgrade your CPU to a 5600x or higher but until you upgrade your GPU, the differences will mostly be small.
Okay, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the response.
 

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Thanks for the advice - Having shopped around a bit I'm debating delaying the GPU upgrade based on how inflated the prices are at the moment. Could I expect much of a gaming performance upgrade with the i5 processor and additional RAM compared to my current setup?
Their no need to buy all that Intel stuff.
Update the BIOS on your motherboard and get a 5600X processor.
What exact memory do you have/

From their probably a new power supply and join the newegg shuffle every day and try to get a new video card.
 
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My current RAM: Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Memory (Desktop Memory) Model TLRED416G3000HC16CDC01
Get the 5600X and from their join the newegg shuffle daily till you get a decent video card buy a new power supply with it.

You can usually get a RTX 3060 or 3060ti in the 650 area
 
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