Question Upgrade advice

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Looking to spend about $500 to upgrade components my sons gaming PC for his birthday next week. He is turning 11 and generally spends his time playing Fortnite. He claims it runs the game a little slow and graphics aren’t great.

this is what we have - purchased in March 2021.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ibuypower-arc-gaming-desktop-intel-i3-9100f-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gt-710-1gb-480gb-ssd/6451066.p?skuId=6451066&ref=app_ios&loc=pdpShare


would love any advice on where money is best spent!
 
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I don't know what is and what isn't interchangeable on that prebuilt (hopefully someone with more knowledge of it post on here) but if it's possible I would look at these changes.

https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232718
G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 2666MHz 16GB (2x8GB) $54.99

https://www.newegg.com/evga-supernova-550-ga-220-ga-0550-x1-550w/p/1HU-00J7-004V3
EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GA 550W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply $54.99

EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Gaming 8GB Graphics Card $329.99

Total: $439.97
 
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If you don’t mind used parts, check eBay. I’m seeing used rx 6600 gpus for 270. But I think Newegg has new ones for 300 which should be slightly ahead of the 3050. That would give a little more for elsewhere.

https://www.newegg.com/xfx-radeon-rx-6600-rx-66xl8lfdq/p/N82E16814150864?itemPosition=1-12&exactIndex=0

They also have the 6600xt which is between a 3060 and 3060 ti. Personally I’d consider either the 6600 or 6600xt if going new. You could go for the 6600 and maybe bump up the psu slightly if you wanted. If you weren’t trying to upgrade other components and didn’t mind used I’ve seen rtx 2080 super cards for 400 give or take on eBay. Considering that route for my own upgrade. I’ve got a 1060 3gb right now, sold my old card during the mining craze for cash but buying now that prices are becoming sane.

Have a look at this review and you can see the performance difference of the 3050 vs the 6600 for example.

 
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