Upgrading my current system - Some advise on my selection of components and compatibility please? :)

Good day everyone,

I have been lurking and reading quite a bit over the last week since I discovered Tomshardware.
Today is my first post on the forum woohoo! hehe

I am currently looking to upgrade my PC at home, I mostly use it for streaming and gaming.

The system I have at the moment is as follows:

MSI AM1I AMD AM1 Chipset SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini-ITX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 5350 Socket Athlon Quad-Core (2.05GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 4x Cores) APU
Crucial 8GB 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
Intel 120 GB SSD
Seagate 500 GB HHD
Gigabyte Geforce 950 GTX - Recently acquired
750W Power supply

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard, CPU and RAM. As I am from South Africa my prices will be converted from Rands to US Dollars as I got it from one of our local suppliers.

They are as follows:

ASUS M5A97 R2.0, AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, ATX - $ 126.00
AMD Vishera FX-8320, 3.50GHz, Octa Core, AM3+, Black Edition - $ 205.00
Corsair Vengeance Pro, 16GB Kit, DDR3-2133, CL11, Silver - $ 107.00

Additionally I have also included system cooling as follows:

Cooler Master Hyper 212X, with 120mm PWM Fan - $ 39.00
Corsair AF120 Performance, 120mm, Black with No LED, Twin Pack - $ 34.00

This brings the total to approximately $ 511 at current exchange rates.

I see all RAM for AMD boards are available up to a maximum of 2133 Mhz so I got the cheapest one I could get that was available. The Corsair RAM is also two 8Gb chips as I read that AMD benefits from more bandwidth.

Also I am not sure if the extra cooling is that necessary, but I don't want to take any chances ;)

Any advice would be much appreciated as I would like to be sure before investing my money.

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  1. For about the same money you can go for i5-6xx0K + Z170 + 16GB DDR 2400MHz.
    It will provide much more performance for your gaming and streaming.
  2. Hi n0ns3ns3, thank you for the reply,

    I did a bit of looking around and found this Intel option for more or less the same, would you say it is better?

    Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K, 3.50GHz, Quad Core, LGA1151 - $282
    MSI Z170A PC MATE, LGA1151, Intel Z170 Chipset, ATX - $ 150
    Corsair Vengeance LPX, 16GB, DDR4-2400, CL14, Black - $ 95
    Cooler Master Hyper 212X, with 120mm PWM Fan - $ 39

    It is a bit more at $ 566
  3. Best answer
    That's excellent option. This setup will serve you many years.
    You can put any video card later and this setup will not slow down it.
    Though for 150$ i'd go for asus MB. Something like Z170-A or Z170-gaming. but that's a personal preference.
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