What can I put in my AM3 socket that is NEW, not "used". I have a HP Pavillion p6774y. 16G of 1666 RAM and a separate PNY - XLR8 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express Video Card. I do a lot of intensive 3D modeling and photorealistic rendering. I've maxed out everything else on the motherboard, I'd like to step up to a new cpu. The motherboard is a N-Alvorix-RS880.uATX (Alvorix). I can't find any NEW Phenom II X6 cpu's. A few "refurbished" and a lot of "used". AMD doesn't sell the Phenom II anymore, so what replaces it?
Most of the AM3 processors launched in 2009-2011, with one final Athlon II X2 in 2013.
Socket AM4 replaced socket AM3+ in 2017, which had replaced socket AM3 in 2011.
It´s quite better to get a new MB with a new CPU.
The Phenom II Series is almost too old for future applications and dosen´t support SSE 4.1.