[SOLVED] Suggested upgrades for my old PC

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Hey all, I've had my computer for about 6 years now, and it runs games fairly well at normal/medium settings. it still has problems with games such as Rainbow Six and things, but turning off V-Sync on that makes it run fine with 60fps on high.

Here are my specs so far:
  • Gigabyte 970A-DS3p v2.1 Motherboard (v2001 as it says in the manual which means 2.1),
  • 16 Gigabyte ram consisting of 1x8GB and 2x4GB, runs fine, I thin the speed is 1600. Not sure about that though. I bought the two 4gb ram sticks from a shady meetup in our town,
  • FX-4300 Black Edition CPU running at 3800 MHz, ranging from 65 to 75 degrees Celcius,
  • GTX 960 4GB, clocked at 1228 MHz (I may have messed with some settings and I have no idea what to do lmao)
  • KingDian S280: 240GB SSD (System), Toshiba 4TB 7200RPM HDD (Game and Video drive), 1000TB 7200 HDD (Random stuffs drive, forgot the brand).
Does anyone have good suggestions for hardware that I could use? I know that the best CPU for the AM3+ socket is the FX-8300 series, ranging from the FX-8300 to the FX-8350, and while the motherboard is compatible with GTX-1060/50 Ti's since I've seen people use that setup before, I've never actually seen anyone mention using a GTX 108/Ti or even an AMD Radeon 590, so are these high-end cards compatible for this motherboard?
 

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The system has PCIe slots, any GPU will work as long as your power supply can handle it.

Not really wise though, at some point your CPU just won't be fast enough to feed the data to the graphics card.

I would probably stop at an RTX2060 or GTX1070Ti or RX5700 or RX580/590

As for other upgrades, top priority would be replacing the CPU, Motherboard, and Memory. Agreed, a budget is needed.

Even a Ryzen 2200G ($80), a decent B450 motherboard ($60) and some DDR4 (~$70) and you can have a faster CPU then what you have now. Spend a little more and it can be quite a bit faster with CPUs like the Ryzen 2600, or the recently released Ryzen 3600 and up.

*Not sure what I did to get a strike through in the middle of the recommendation. Even after all these months the shortcuts and automatic formatting of this forum still catch me up.
 
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Even a Ryzen 2200G ($80), a decent B450 motherboard ($60) and some DDR4 (~$70) and you can have a faster CPU then what you have now. Spend a little more and it can be quite a bit faster with CPUs like the Ryzen 2600, or the recently released Ryzen 3600 and up.
Alright, because I was honestly thinking of how long this pc would manage with my motherboard. I was considering just collecting money and making a high-end build worth around 1-1.5K, but then I remember that I honestly don't care about the 'top-top' when hardware and games are constantly changing. I just really wanna see how much I can push what I currently have, without changing the heart of the PC. If that makes sense.
 

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