[SOLVED] Looking to upgrade my PC

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Hello, It's been almost 3 years I built this. Quite a basic build, I typically use it for base gaming. Looking to achieve a better performance and decent 1080P gaming.

Current Specs:
  1. AMD Fx-6300 (Not OC)
  2. Asus M5A78L-M LX3
  3. 8GB DDR3
  4. Nvidia GT710 2GB
Could anyone please suggest me what parts would be better swapping of.
 

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Right now dedicated graphics cards are just ridiculous in price. I wouldn't even bother trying to find a new GPU at a good price. Obviously if you have a budget that allows you to spend ~$600 on a graphics card then you could probably find a decent GPU from a scalper. But, the good news is that you can get ok gaming performance from an APU. It will be a ton better than your current machine!

Here's a cheap budget build based on the 5600g APU from AMD that will be much better than your old system:
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zd9c8J

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte A520M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($70.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($77.16 @ Amazon)
Total: $390.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-20 12:40 EST-0500

I didn't include storage or a PSU. Feel free to get a better motherboard - the one I included above is inexpensive but it does allow you to update the BIOS without a CPU installed.

Here is the review of the 5600g: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-5-5600g-review

The 5600g is a six core CPU that packs the newest Zen 3 architecture. In the future, if you decide to put in a dedicated graphics card, the 5600g is powerful enough to drive it very well.
 
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What is your current storage ?

If on an HDD then moving to a SSD (SATA) will make a huge difference in felt performance for daily tasks ... but probably won't do much for gaming.

Otherwise looks like you don't have many practical upgrade paths. Your motherboard will not support a newer processor and a new motherboard won't take your DDR3 RAM. Integrated graphics, even from Intel, would be comparable to your current graphics card.

Better to plan for a new build.
 
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larkspur

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Right now dedicated graphics cards are just ridiculous in price. I wouldn't even bother trying to find a new GPU at a good price. Obviously if you have a budget that allows you to spend ~$600 on a graphics card then you could probably find a decent GPU from a scalper. But, the good news is that you can get ok gaming performance from an APU. It will be a ton better than your current machine!

Here's a cheap budget build based on the 5600g APU from AMD that will be much better than your old system:
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zd9c8J

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte A520M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($70.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($77.16 @ Amazon)
Total: $390.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-20 12:40 EST-0500

I didn't include storage or a PSU. Feel free to get a better motherboard - the one I included above is inexpensive but it does allow you to update the BIOS without a CPU installed.

Here is the review of the 5600g: https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-5-5600g-review

The 5600g is a six core CPU that packs the newest Zen 3 architecture. In the future, if you decide to put in a dedicated graphics card, the 5600g is powerful enough to drive it very well.
 
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For an entirely new build something like this on the cheaper side;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix MAX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.40 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $654.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-20 13:06 EST-0500


or this on the middle price side;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor ($179.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($94.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 6600 8 GB MECH 2X Video Card ($469.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.40 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $1171.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-20 13:24 EST-0500
 
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Hello, It's been almost 3 years I built this. Quite a basic build, I typically use it for base gaming. Looking to achieve a better performance and decent 1080P gaming.

Current Specs:
  1. AMD Fx-6300 (Not OC)
  2. Asus M5A78L-M LX3
  3. 8GB DDR3
  4. Nvidia GT710 2GB
Could anyone please suggest me what parts would be better swapping of.
You need a completely new machine. Sadly not a great time for GPU's, what's your budget?
 
Use your current graphics card for now.

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811553054
COUGAR MX330-G Air $59.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-legion-gx-gold-pro-sf-550p14xe-550w/p/1HU-024C-00028
Super Flower Legion GX Gold PRO 550W 80+ Gold Semi-Modular Power Supply $59.99
+ $10 off w/ promo code WKDSL27, limited offer By Super Flower

https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-B660-PLUS-D4-Motherboard-Thunderbolt/dp/B09NWDQ1TH/
ASUS Prime B660-PLUS D4 $139.99

https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-12400f-core-i5-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118360
Intel Core i5-12400F $199.98

DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler $19.99

https://global.deepcool.com/company/pressroom/newsrelease/2021/14926.shtml?id=PressRoom
DEEPCOOL LGA-1700 Mounting Kit

https://www.amazon.com/TEAMGROUP-T-Force-Vulcan-3200MHz-Desktop/dp/B07T637L7T/
TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 $59.99

https://www.newegg.com/team-group-1tb-mp33-pro/p/N82E16820331563
Team Group MP33 PRO M.2 2280 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Internal SSD $79.99

Total: $610

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134587/intel-core-i512400f-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-40-ghz.html

 
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