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What component should I upgrade next? (Gaming/Editing PC)

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February 20, 2014 8:40:42 AM

I recently built my first computer. I was on a bit of a budget with it, (which is why I went with AMD over Intel) but more paychecks are coming in, and now I'm unsure on what to upgrade, what to upgrade first, and what to replace it with. I play PC games heavily, and often live stream my gameplay. Also, I FREQUENTLY edit videos with programs such as Sony Vegas, Adobe Aftereffects, and Maxon Cinema 4D. Any suggestions for upgrades are appreciated. (:

My system:
CPU: AMD FX-8320
CPU Cooler: Stock AMD FX Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
GPU: MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
RAM: 4 x 2 GB sticks of older Samsung DDR3 memory
HDD: 1 TB Hitachi 7200 RPM drive (older model)
SSD: None :( 
Optical Drive: Currently do not have one, however this is not a priority
PSU: Corsair CX600 Builder Series
Case: Rosewill Line Glow

Things I'm thinking of upgrading:
-Add an SSD (probably a Samsung 840)

-Replace stock CPU cooler (I plan on doing heavy CPU overclocking, looking at a Corsair H80i, H100i, or possibly a Noctua NH-D12 air cooler, but I'd prefer water cooling)

-RAM!! (Corsair Vengeance maybe? Looking to upgrade to 16+ GB eventually)

-Obviously, I have an outdated GPU, but I'd like to hold off upgrading it as I have my eyes set on a GTX 780 but I'm waiting until the price drops

I'm currently on a $150-$200 budget, but this will increase with time.
Thank you!

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February 20, 2014 9:25:42 AM

I'm going on the slight increase with time :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.68 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $218.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-20 12:25 EST-0500)
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February 20, 2014 9:42:39 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
I'm going on the slight increase with time :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($92.68 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $218.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-20 12:25 EST-0500)


Woah! Very in depth answer! Thanks! <3
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