Question what is the best gaming cpu I can upgrade in my MSI NF725M-P31 (MS-7597) Socket AM3 (938)?

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I am looking to upgrade my existing old pc to get better gaming performance for games like FO4 , Skyrim,ect.Need better cpu and gpu.Currently have AMD Phenom™ II X2 555 Processor, and Radeon RX 560 Series (Polaris). It works but have lagging ,stuttering and occasional ctds.
 
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I am considering the AMD Phenom II X 6 1090T, which GPU would pair with it? All ready have 16 GB ram. Thanks for the help. I will get new mother board in a year or two and switch to an affordable Ryzen .
 
Thanks I didn't realize motherboards were so affordable.
Let me document my assertion.
Your X2 555 has 2 threads and a passmark rating of 2041. That is when all threads are fully utilized. It has a single thread rating of 1069. single thread is more important for gaming.

A intel G5400 sells for $74. It has 4 threads and a rating of 5562 and a single thread rating of 2174.
https://www.newegg.com/intel-pentium-gold-g5400/p/N82E16819117875

A 300 series chipset motherboard starts at $52.
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157860

8gb of ram is usually ok, but a 2 x 8gb kit of ddr4 ram will be $58
https://www.newegg.com/geil-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820158024

Total $184.

You can go up from there. The motherboard supports 9th gen intel processors up to even the i9-9900K.
 
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how much do you want to spend? if I was you I would get a used 1155 motherboard with a intel core i5 2500. another possibility is buying a oem desktop on ebay with 1155 system then you only need the cpu and possible psu upgrade. recommend hp pro 3500 for upgrading to i5 2500 and the psu can be changed.
 
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how much do you want to spend? if I was you I would get a used 1155 motherboard with a intel core i5 2500. another possibility is buying a oem desktop on ebay with 1155 system then you only need the cpu and possible psu upgrade. recommend hp pro 3500 for upgrading to i5 2500 and the psu can be changed.
$300.00 or less
 

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$300.00 or less
For that price, you can get a Ryzen 2600, a proper B450-based motherboard and 16 Gb RAM - the new machine would be 10 times faster than your current setup, new, and perfectly able to handle anything you'd throw at it.
Forget about used Intel systems, they would be faster than what you currently have but you'd have to build a new machine from scratch next time you'd want to upgrade.
 
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For that price, you can get a Ryzen 2600, a proper B450-based motherboard and 16 Gb RAM - the new machine would be 10 times faster than your current setup, new, and perfectly able to handle anything you'd throw at it.
Forget about used Intel systems, they would be faster than what you currently have but you'd have to build a new machine from scratch next time you'd want to upgrade.
Thanks, I havent shopped for a motherboard before what should I look for, so I can keep upgrading it?
 

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Will I need a new case as well?
Probably not - ATX and micro-ATX mounting holes haven't changed. However, if you still retain the original power supply unit (PSU), I'd recommend changing it even if you don't upgrade : these things wear down over time and it's good practice to swap a PSU every 3-5 years.
That reminds me, I should look into changing mine...
 
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MSI Performance AMD Ryzen 2 Motherboard, AM4 DDR4 Graphics (X470 Gaming Plus) US $98.95 or
ASRock Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX Motherboard at US$99.99 to go with
CPU SIX-CORE AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler at US$139.99 ?






 

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