Question Help with upgrading outdated gaming pc

Mar 29, 2020
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So I've been pc gaming for around 6 years, me being new to pc gaming at the time, I brought a prebuilt. I have made some upgrades over the years, but the system just doesn't cut it anymore

pc specs:
CPU: amd fx 4300
GPU: zotac gtx 1050ti 4GB OC
RAM: 2x unknown model 4GB DDR3 1600mhz + DDR3 1600mhz 8GB Corsair
MB: ga-78lmt-usb3
HDD: Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1TB
NO SSD

I believe my CPU is holding me back so I was thinking to upgrade this, however my current mb only supports AM3+ socket so i was wondering if it was worth it keeping with an AM3+ processor or just getting a whole new mb.

Any input on what I should upgrade would be helpful as I am not very knowledgeable with PC parts.

Additional info:

I have a budget of 300GBP (372USD), also the cheaper the better ;).
The most graphics intense game I own is rust so being able to run that smoothly would be a dream. If i can run rust smoothly then I'll be able to run anything.
 

WildCard999

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I'd reuse the GPU, Case & HDD, sell the rest. The AM3+ socket isn't worth investing any money into so new CPU/MB/RAM (& SSD within budget).

This is what I'd recommend getting.

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£109.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£64.97 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£80.98 @ Laptops Direct)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£35.70 @ SmartTeck.co.uk)
Total: £291.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-31 19:56 BST+0100


Since your replacing the motherboard your going to need to do a clean installation of Windows 10 to avoid issues and this way you can also install the OS to the SSD. From there grab the newest motherboard and GPU drivers. If you have any important files then back those up before doing the reinstall.
 
So I've been pc gaming for around 6 years, me being new to pc gaming at the time, I brought a prebuilt. I have made some upgrades over the years, but the system just doesn't cut it anymore

pc specs:
CPU: amd fx 4300
GPU: zotac gtx 1050ti 4GB OC
RAM: 2x unknown model 4GB DDR3 1600mhz + DDR3 1600mhz 8GB Corsair
MB: ga-78lmt-usb3
HDD: Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 1TB
NO SSD

I believe my CPU is holding me back so I was thinking to upgrade this, however my current mb only supports AM3+ socket so i was wondering if it was worth it keeping with an AM3+ processor or just getting a whole new mb.

Any input on what I should upgrade would be helpful as I am not very knowledgeable with PC parts.

Additional info:

I have a budget of 300GBP (372USD), also the cheaper the better ;).
The most graphics intense game I own is rust so being able to run that smoothly would be a dream. If i can run rust smoothly then I'll be able to run anything.
Definitely move to the new AM4 platform...you won't get anywhere updating the old AM3 platform.
I would add the SSD as main disk (as stated above). If you can afford a larger SDD then go for it.
 
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