Is it best to upgrade CPU (Ryzen 3 2300x) or GPU (GTX1650) for better gaming?

Jun 19, 2020
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Thinking of spending less than £300 on an upgrade to my son's budget gaming PC but can't decide on whether to upgrade the CPU or GPU.

Possible CPU upgrade - AMD Ryzen 3 2300x to Ryzen 7 3700x or Ryzen 5 3600x
Possible GPU upgrade - Nvidia GTX 1650 to Radeon RX 5600XT

He doesn't really use his PC for anything other than gaming (Star Wars Fallen Order being latest favourite) so would normally go with an upgrade to the GPU but don't want the CPU to be a bottleneck so wonder whether this needs an upgrade first.
Any advice would be most appreciated.
Probably neither.

The game doesn't appear particularly demanding on the CPU:

So it wouldn't be worth upgrading that.

However, the game should still run decently on medium-high settings, maybe better with appropriate tailoring.

While a more powerful GPU will let you run the game at higher settings, the current experience should probably be fine and you may be better off saving up to replacing both the CPU and the GPU together, perhaps after the new CPUs and GPUs start launching later this year.

Also, new consoles are coming out towards the tail end of the year, which will mean a slew of new games (e.g. Cyberpunk 2077 pushed back to Nov now, coinciding with console ETA strangely enough...). So keeping the money in your pocket would also let you tailor upgrades to any of those that catch your son's eye.