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Need upgrade help (New to PCs)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Don't know where exactly I should be posting this, so I'm putting it here since I'm mostly looking at/for graphics cards. 

Bought a pre-built PC a while ago, (I KNOW, I'M SORRY) linked here. Apparently it runs a gigabyte ga-78lmt-usb3 r2 motherboard, an AMD FX-6300, and an AMD Radeon RX 560-B as best I can tell. I have a few questions so I'll just list em below.

  1. When I upgrade this trash can, do I need to update my BIOS? If so, how, because google has been useless.🤷‍♂️
  2. What should I upgrade to to improve gaming & streaming? Got about $750 to play with, was looking at a GTX 1070 but I'm pretty lost.Is GPU or CPU upgrade the way to go?
  3. Would most AMD compatible graphics card work with this? Because I see that UserBenchmark says that they all are, but from best I can tell the RX 560-B is a cut-down version of the normal RX-560. Would there be a spacing issue even if I still have room in the case to mess with?

Anything else you guys can tell me about general advice or what I should be looking for would be really appreciated! Thanks and be gentle about the pre-built thing, I was broke and stupid.

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I don't recommend upgrading to any FX CPU so you won't need an update for that, if you can wait, then you can get a zen2 CPU and B550 board.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700@3.8Ghz Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Zotac GTX 1070ti Mini RAM: Qidian DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: MSI X370 Gaming Plus case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W


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I'd say you should probably save for a bit longer and do a full platform and gpu upgrade. I'd suggest you wait for Ryzen 3000 and most likely pick up a new Ryzen 5 but wait for reviews. You'll need a new MOBO and RAM. That lot will most likely cost you about $400 to $500 in total. Then you can spend the rest of your budget on a new GPU, maybe a 1660Ti if you can't get a bit more budget and if you can maybe an RTX card or a used GTX 1080.

|| CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (@3.9GHz) || Motherboard: ASUS Prime B350 Plus || Cooler: Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition || GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 SC || Memory: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB C16 (@2933MHz) || SSD: SanDisk 128GB || HDD: WD Blue 2TB, Toshiba 2TB, Transcend 1TB || PSU: Corsair RM550x || Case: Fractal Design Focus G || Monitor: 2x AOC 23” I2369VM IPS Full HD || Mouse: SteelSeries Rival 100 || Keyboard: Cooler Master MK750 RGB (Cherry MX Brown) || Speakers: Dell Stereo Speakers || Headphones: Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT || Headset: SteelSeries Siberia 200 ||

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