Well - maybe he could sell the 290 and get a 970. But I will have to call Comcast because they say on the website I should be getting 10 upload with the level of service I pay for.
Another question. With the existing MOBO I listed - can he put AMD CPU I linked in the initial post=
or not - the AMD website is not clear. It should work as both are AM3+, but I want to make sure. This way he upgrades his CPU for regular gaming ( $160) and then gets the 970 for the streaming (price minus the cash raised by selling the 290) and doesn't break his budget. If he can get $150 for the r290. Then get this 970 EVGA 04G-P4-2972-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ACX 2.0 Video Card - Newegg.com
= $330 - then he can do the whole upgrade for about $350.00.
IF he goes total Intel - with a new MOBO ( asrock ) and a i5 ( Hazwell) = $425 plus the difference in the sell/buying cost for the 970 GPU = best scenario= $575. Which is too much for him.
I know and he knows the Intel CPU would be better- but reality is he can't afford it.