I am trying to max out the motherboard so that maybe my boys could use it for some gaming.
AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition (current processor)
ASUS AMD RX 550 RX550-4G 128-Bit GDDR5 Memory DisplayPort/HDMI/DL-DVI-D PCI Express Graphics Card Black
as you can guess I am working on much limited budget, for the max processor will the cooler below be enough to get by?
be kind I am an old man according to my kids and just trying to make the best out of what we got
with a BIOS update, it can take Phenom II CPU: either X4 970 or X6 1100T are the best possible. But you shall find sellers want rather high price for them, so might want to look for the second-fastest instead.
Also note that since that is an AM2+ mainboard, you do not get full advantage of the Phenom II CPU (DDR3 and faster Hypertransport)