Looking to upgrade an existing computer

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Hello,

I have recently decided to upgrade my computer during the upcoming Black Friday Sales. As of now, I am using a prebuilt computer with all the specifications in the link below (Nothing has been changed). I am hoping to upgrade it to a point where I could run practically any game at a minimum of 1280 x 720 with 30 fps. As this shows, I don't care necessarily about how good the graphics are but instead whether the game can run. For now, I have been able to run most games at these settings, however, there are a few newer ones that are still unplayable. What would be the cheapest upgrades I could do for this computer in order to reach my goal, with all parts remaining compatible. Also please include links to these items and whether I should buy them now or wait until Black Friday (I am new to computer building and am not certain where to start)

Thanks for the help,
The_hunter2012

Link to current computer:
https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-pavilion-500-314-tower-a8-7600-3-1-ghz-8-gb-2-tb-us/specs/

Budget:
As much as it takes to get the requested preformance
 


It would help to work with a budget, but in the meantime - you can look at this 500$ budget build (you can keep your current 2Tb 7200rpm HDD):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B450M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team - L5 LITE 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg Business)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ROG STRIX Video Card ($159.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: Cooler Master - MasterBox E300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-15 03:50 EST-0500

This is what I would recommend to be a lower end modern PC build capable of achieve medium graphics in most games at over 60fps (to account for drops). I've gone for 8Gb but the Motherboard includes 4 slots if you wish to upgrade to 16Gb in the future.

With an upgrade of 100-200$, you can get a more solid build, which can be considered as mid-end as of current standards.
 
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Would there be anyway to just upgrade what I have now to get my desired performance. For example, someone recommended I upgrade either my memory or CPU. I feel if I am getting to the point of buying nearly a whole computer, I should just drop the $800 on a good one. As for my budget, cheaper is better but I can go up to what is necessary. What would you recommend I upgrade?

 
Boy, I don't know man. An upgraded CPU will be highly bottlenecked by that GPU. And same thing vice versa.

Which R7 is this? Because if it's the R7 370, u could I guess keep it for another year. Should be fine for CSGO, LoL and perhaps Fortnite on medium-to-low.

In which case u could just upgrade the CPU, Mobo and RAM only and keep the current case you have.

What's the PSU in your case? This might need to be changed.
 
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The PSU is a 300 W meaning that I would most likely have to upgrade it. As for the R7, I haven't been able to determine what model it is. I have attached some photos of my efforts with the hope you will see something I don't. Another person recommended this upgrade:
Storage: Toshiba - OCZ TR200 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 580 4 GB Dual Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill - Capstone 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $239.87
Would this upgrade help me reach the performance I am trying to achieve?
Picture 1: https://prnt.sc/ljdi2f
Picture 2: https://prnt.sc/ljdi5y
 

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