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Purchased this build a few years ago
pcpartpicker.com/list/bDVvBP

Have made the move to gaming/streaming on PC and I want to upgrade so I can stream and play games at max settings.

I've been told to upgrade the motherboard, GPU, and CPU. I'm also thinking adding more RAM might be a good idea?

Can someone(21) point me in the direction of what exactly to buy?

Budget: $1200 can go higher but also want to upgrade at least one monitor which will be done separately.
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I'm no 21, but I hope I can be helpful too haha

My suggestion:
CPU: pcpartpicker.com/product/QKJtt6/a...0000071box
CPU Cooler: pcpartpicker.com/product/PVfFf7/n...l-krx53-01 (unless you have a decent cooler already)
GPU: pcpartpicker.com/product/Wzyqqs/m...r-gaming-x
RAM: pcpartpicker.com/product/tMvZxr/g...c15d16gvgb (just buy another of the same set, so your system remains stable)
Motherboard: pcpartpicker.com/product/XQgzK8/a...0-f-gaming
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Something that you need to do with the motherboard though, install it with your current CPU, and download a BIOS update that supports the 3000 series for Ryzen. This is about $1,000 in upgrades. Hope I helped, and good luck!
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Yeah, GPU upgrade is definitely the first place to start. Would need to know what monitor(s) you're running(or are going to be running) to be able to properly recommend a GPU though.
If you're also looking to do monitor upgrade now, what is your monitor budget and any preferences you have?

CPU upgrade could be a decent shout, but honestly, your R5 1600 might still be fine for you? If you feel it's starting to hold you back, or you just want to upgrade then an R5 3600 would be a pretty reasonable upgrade, but I would probably be looking at an R7 3700x.
As for motherboard, your B350 Strix should support Zen2 CPU's so you don't necessarily need a new motherboard. That said, 1st gen Ryzen boards were pretty meh anyway, so an upgrade wouldn't be a terrible idea. Entirely up to you if you'd rather save the money an re-use your B350 board, or just upgrade it.

Aside from that, add 16GB RAM and a nice big NVMe SSD(1TB Sabrent Rocket Q is most likely what I'd recommend right now).
You could also take this upgrade as an opportunity to grab yourself an aftermarket cooler if you want. For cooler, I'd personally be getting a Be Quiet! Dark Rock (Pro) 4. If you're wanting an AIO, get whatever 240/280mm AIO you like the look of best- they're the same for the most part anyway.
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21 wroteYeah, GPU upgrade is definitely the first place to start. Would need to know what monitor(s) you're running(or are going to be running) to be able to properly recommend a GPU though.
If you're also looking to do monitor upgrade now, what is your monitor budget and any preferences you have?

CPU upgrade could be a decent shout, but honestly, your R5 1600 might still be fine for you? If you feel it's starting to hold you back, or you just want to upgrade then an R5 3600 would be a pretty reasonable upgrade, but I would probably be looking at an R7 3700x.
As for motherboard, your B350 Strix should support Zen2 CPU's so you don't necessarily need a new motherboard. That said, 1st gen Ryzen boards were pretty meh anyway, so an upgrade wouldn't be a terrible idea. Entirely up to you if you'd rather save the money an re-use your B350 board, or just upgrade it.

Aside from that, add 16GB RAM and a nice big NVMe SSD(1TB Sabrent Rocket Q is most likely what I'd recommend right now).
You could also take this upgrade as an opportunity to grab yourself an aftermarket cooler if you want. For cooler, I'd personally be getting a Be Quiet! Dark Rock (Pro) 4. If you're wanting an AIO, get whatever 240/280mm AIO you like the look of best- they're the same for the most part anyway.


This is great information, I am looking to further improve my setup and you've provided a wealth of knowledge for me to improve my streaming!
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