Need help upgrading gaming Desktops mobo, processor, and RAM at around $400-450

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Recently I came to the conclusion that my current desktop is falling behind not only by age, but by specs. (Im away from my desktop and had someone grab my specs for me) Current specs are:
AMD FX 6300 6 core 3.5GHZ processor
MS-7641 MSI mobo
8GB of DDR3 RAM
GTX 970
WIndows 7
I have a good corsair heat sink, as well as a Samsung 850 EVO SSD and a decent power supply.
(I wish I could be more accurate but this is the best I've got, my apologies)

This is for a gaming PC.
My biggest problem at the moment is finding compatible parts that will last me in the long run, and that are in Budget. I was looking at the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 series as they have their new ZEN and are stated to last a while into the future, on top of being cheaper and nearly identical to Intel's Coffee Lake i5 processors in performance. The Ryzen 5 2600 is what I wanted to go with as its significantly cheaper than the 2600x by $60. I figured I'd just OC it. But then I thought maybe not, because I've been slaving article over article for the past few days trying to find the right mobo and RAM set which work with one another, and have B-die as I am to understand that AMD has had issues with their Processors bottle necking anything other than Samsung B-die. So now I feel that OCing the 2600 may be not so budget friendly.
I'm having problems finding a quality mobo within budget (Preferably an X470 due to expected future-proofing) that also has good enough VRM to OC the 2600, which is compatible with 16GB B-die and will overall be best for the Ryzen 5 2600. At this point I'm willing to swap things around if it means a better Build. I'm getting burnt out by this point.
Any help is greatly appreciated! If there's any questions that may help please ask away too.
 

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Your right, but still 8 core vs 6 core makes up the difference... choose the Ryzen 7 over the 2600. Same or less actually $.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fRH44q
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fRH44q/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor ($217.80 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - X370 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-03 07:26 EDT-0400
 
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That looks like a pretty solid Selection, but will that motherboard be able to handle the overclocking, and why do we want to choose 3000mHz ram at 16 over 3200 at 16?
 
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Interesting, even though I'm mostly only gaming, do you think the 8 cores is still better? I was told video games use less cores, and more cores would be better for programming and application use. Also, isn't the new ZEN+ chip supposed to be more future proof?
 

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