Upgrading My HP ENVY h8-1513c

Thanks for the help in advance!

I have assembled a couple barebone kits before, but I am a bit ignorant about this stuff. Typically use my computer for games, I play a lot of Kerbal Space Program and would also love to get a VR set up someday.

I have a HP ENVY h8-1513c, , Its been a really good system for me, but I was finally looking to upgrade. I originally thought I was going to get a brand new set up. However after a little browsing I dont think I can do a whole lot better on a budget ( $1k or less). So now I'm thinking about making some upgrades but am not sure what I should buy.

- I know I need to get a new graphics card, but Im not sure how I'm limited by my power supply or processor. Looks like a I have a PCI Express x16 Gen 3.0 slot. Does this mean that I am limited to a DDR3 card? Does anyone have any good recommendations for around $300

- I was also thinking I need to get a SSD to install my games onto, only a couple hundred gig's or so

- I dont think I need to get any more memory, I dont think its ever been a bottleneck for me

- I've never overclocked before, but I would consider getting a liquid cooler and trying it. I play a lot of KSP so I think more processing power would be the biggest benefit.

I would really appreciate links to products that would be a good upgrade and compatible with my system. Thanks so much for the help and advice!

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Clarification Request
Since CPU ram type does not dictate GPU ram type.

Can I ask why you think you can't use a DDR5 (typical) GPU? I ask because I see this question come up and wonder how folk get this (incorrect) idea.

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That's why I'm asking...

I actually posted this because I in-fact don't know and was looking for advice.

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Still would be interesting to find out

Where folk get the idea from that the RAM used by the CPU has to be the same type as the GPU.

It's an odd idea and many of us want to know where that idea came from. And yes, it's false.

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Shop for a gtx 1050ti.

If the budget allows bump that up to a gtx 1060 the 6GB model.

The ram type on the gpu is not dependent on any other system parts.

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Thanks Bob! Installing a GTX 1060 now!

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