I had a pretty bad chain failure a couple of days ago. I bought the bike second hand about a year ago, and in all fairness I had not done much maintenance on it since. I discussed with a friend and after showing some images, he recommended to change the cassette and chainrings too. This is a nontrivial expense for me and he did not seem to be aware that the teeth on these rings are not supposed to be all exactly the same (so the recommendation might have been based on that judgment).
I have thoroughly cleaned the cassette and chainrings, but find it hard to decide if they need replacement. After some research I figured that these parts should often be replaced even before they show visual tear, so I am choosing between trying only a new chain first, or not even bothering trying the old cassette+chainrings and getting new ones straight away.
Should these parts be replaced, based on the attached images? Or should I try a new chain only first, then decide on the ride experience?
I'm pretty new to cycling (maintenance), so any advice is welcome.
Images of the chainrings:
Images of the cassette:
Image of the failed chain: