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I'm a small YouTuber and I'm looking to upgrade my PC I got last year I want it to be able to run Elgato HD 60s and play most new 60+ fps: CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop - AMD FX-6300 Six Core 3.5GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD, AMD R7 250 2GB, Windows 10 Home https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0111MU...XzbAWHP35Y

I'm not looking to upgrade it all at once I'm looking for recommendations what path I should take. I was thinking about starting with Power Supply

Elgato requirement:
• Windows 10 (64-bit)
• 4th generation quad‑core Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-4xxx or comparable)
• Intel HD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series or VCE 3.x compatible AMD graphics (or better)
• 4 GB RAM, built-in USB 3.x port

Budget: $200-300 per upgrade about 2 to 3 months in between upgrades
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I'm not looking to upgrade it all at once I'm looking for recommendations what path I should take. I was thinking about starting with Power Supply
Why power supply now? Is your current one dying? I'd suggest upgrading the CPU/motherboard to start, that will give you a lot more headroom once you upgrade your GPU which would be the next logical step after CPU/MBD. Or you could do GPU first.
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Dammit Jabbit, the man said he didn't want to do it all at once. If he buys a nice PSU now he can not only make use of it with his current system, but also that's one major component he should (reasonably speaking) never have to buy again. Put your brain in the "on" position before hitting the Any key, sirrah.

@OP - I have no idea what Elgato HD 60 is. Oh, wait - i just took 20 seconds to search it, now I can comment without looking like a total tw@t. If you're doing content creation - significant editing, not just basic capturing - you'll want a beefy system to keep up with you. If you give us an idea of your budget, it will be easier to help you out. Regardless, I think for now you really can't go wrong trying to find a nice deal on a ~750W Gold or Platinum rated PSU with a good warranty - that's usually code for something manufactured by Seasonic [newegg.com], but there are a lot of decent options out there now. Search engine "jonnyguru" - I've used their analysis for almost a decade and have never been disappointed with what I've bought.

Also: from looking at your specs your next upgrade should DEFINITELY be a solid state drive...
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One note regarding NLE's, you won't want to skimp out on a CPU if you care about keeping encoding times down to a reasonable amount.
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Yeah upgrading a PSU is a valid step...but what's the point now? There won't be any improvement. There isn't always a clear path as to what component to upgrade. It would help if OP said where he sees bottlenecks, a specific game he can't play/capture, etc.
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Yeah upgrading a PSU is a valid step...but what's the point now? There won't be any improvement. There isn't always a clear path as to what component to upgrade. It would help if OP said where he sees bottlenecks, a specific game he can't play/capture, etc.
Do you take the fun out of everything?*

We'll see if he ever posts back, I'm not holding my breath...


*I knew what you meant, I was just taking a bit of a...jab, is all. Consider me a less animated, non-interactive silent Flexo - let a little voice in your head add the postscript "aww, I'm just kidding, seriously tho you're great"...
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I just want to start off by saying thank you all for the replies and I'm sorry about the late reply I'll also be updating OP
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Why power supply now? Is your current one dying? I'd suggest upgrading the CPU/motherboard to start, that will give you a lot more headroom once you upgrade your GPU which would be the next logical step after CPU/MBD. Or you could do GPU first.
The reason why I was going with the power supply upgrade first is because I have a Raidmax - 350W and I'm not sure if that can handle the upgrades I'm looking for.
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Dammit Jabbit, the man said he didn't want to do it all at once. If he buys a nice PSU now he can not only make use of it with his current system, but also that's one major component he should (reasonably speaking) never have to buy again. Put your brain in the "on" position before hitting the Any key, sirrah.

@OP - I have no idea what Elgato HD 60 is. Oh, wait - i just took 20 seconds to search it, now I can comment without looking like a total tw@t. If you're doing content creation - significant editing, not just basic capturing - you'll want a beefy system to keep up with you. If you give us an idea of your budget, it will be easier to help you out. Regardless, I think for now you really can't go wrong trying to find a nice deal on a ~750W Gold or Platinum rated PSU with a good warranty - that's usually code for something manufactured by Seasonic [newegg.com], but there are a lot of decent options out there now. Search engine "jonnyguru" - I've used their analysis for almost a decade and have never been disappointed with what I've bought.

Also: from looking at your specs your next upgrade should DEFINITELY be a solid state drive...
Yea I'll also be doing content creation,streaming and recording. Thanks for the Jonnyguru I'll be taking a look at that while I'm looking for a PSU. My budget is around $200-$300 per upgrade and about 2 to 3 months between upgrades
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Yea I'll also be doing content creation,streaming and recording. Thanks for the Jonnyguru I'll be taking a look at that while I'm looking for a PSU. My budget is around $200-$300 per upgrade and about 2 to 3 months between upgrades
That's quite sensible, and very doable. You shouldn't have to spend over $150 for a really really nice PSU, so you'll save some there.

Don't know what your current system is right now so you may not be able to use this, but you should certainly be looking for a deal on a 512GB Samsung 960 Pro m.2 nvme ssd (model no: MZ-V6P512BW). For what you're looking to do you're going to want at least one of these.

As for CPU/platform I'm leaning towards a recommendation for AMD Ryzen 1700 at the moment, but that's tentative - although generally AMD should be a better choice as you'll likely get far longer use out of your motherboard. Anyway, PCI-E lanes are going to be your major concerns, with GPU/NVME/TheCat HD 60 to balance. I haven't been keeping up with this aspect as I won't be upgrading for quite some time, so your situation requires further research...
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That's quite sensible, and very doable. You shouldn't have to spend over $150 for a really really nice PSU, so you'll save some there.

Don't know what your current system is right now so you may not be able to use this, but you should certainly be looking for a deal on a 512GB Samsung 960 Pro m.2 nvme ssd (model no: MZ-V6P512BW). For what you're looking to do you're going to want at least one of these.

As for CPU/platform I'm leaning towards a recommendation for AMD Ryzen 1700 at the moment, but that's tentative - although generally AMD should be a better choice as you'll likely get far longer use out of your motherboard. Anyway, PCI-E lanes are going to be your major concerns, with GPU/NVME/TheCat HD 60 to balance. I haven't been keeping up with this aspect as I won't be upgrading for quite some time, so your situation requires further research...
I'd be curious to know what you use for PCs.
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As for CPU/platform I'm leaning towards a recommendation for AMD Ryzen 1700 at the moment, but that's tentative - although generally AMD should be a better choice as you'll likely get far longer use out of your motherboard. Anyway, PCI-E lanes are going to be your major concerns, with GPU/NVME/TheCat HD 60 to balance. I haven't been keeping up with this aspect as I won't be upgrading for quite some time, so your situation requires further research...
i'd lean towards AMD for an additional reason. I have an old i5-2500k and recently upgraded the graphics card. i went from a 560 to a 1070. i didn't consider monitors when i upgraded. but if you are looking for a gamin monitor, gsync has a $200 premium on freesync. that was something i didn't realize or consider at the time.

my buddy just built this system and loves it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/437hbj
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I'd be curious to know what you use for PCs.
Personal rig is an i7 3770K @ 4.5 + GTX 970 stuffed inside a Silverstone SG13 and will likely be my daily driver for a few more years. I know - pretty milquetoast - but we haven't hit upgrade territory yet. When we get a true 4K card at ~$200 - $250 that's likely going to be the next halcyon moment for kitting out a "new" system. Just my 2¢
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i'd lean towards AMD for an additional reason...freesync...

my buddy just built this system and loves it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/437hbj
Yeah, people downplayed the G-Sync malarky a few years back but it's only now they're actually feeling the sting. It's a neat technology (my work Acer Predator has it enabled) but not at a premium, especially with an essentially free alternate option. Good point.

Congrats to your friend on his new build - that's a nice system. Love seeing AMD back in the game...
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Personal rig is an i7 3770K @ 4.5 + GTX 970 stuffed inside a Silverstone SG13 and will likely be my daily driver for a few more years. I know - pretty milquetoast - but we haven't hit upgrade territory yet. When we get a true 4K card at ~$200 - $250 that's likely going to be the next halcyon moment for kitting out a "new" system. Just my 2¢
Sounds more than capable, nice little box too. No reason right now to jump from that setup, as you stated.
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I'm anxious to get back into the rig building game after being out of it for so long. I still need to wait a year or two until HDR monitors come down a bit in price.
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