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The phenom I X4 9550 would be a decent upgrade but it will be very hard to find Phenom I X4 models now.
If its a gateway OEM board you may also run into compatibility problems.

I suggest you just sell the board and Phenom X3 8400 and buy a new board/cpu.
Just spend about $100 for a new board and cpu. The new dualcores are faster than the old phenom quadcores.
Get an AM3 Athlon II X3 or Pentium G620.



I came from a similar system. I had a Phenom X3 8450 and replaced it with an Athlon II X3 (currently unlocked to Phenom II X4)
The difference in speed is massive in both gaming and everyday usage like browsing or watching movies.

I still have my old Phenom X3 8450, I can run a benchmark comparison of it against an Athlon II dualcore if you want to see the difference
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i7 3770K ECS H77H2-M3 MSI RX 580 Armor 8GB OC 2x8GB Kingston HyperX Blu 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Seagate 1TB Sony DVDRW stock 
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Windows 7 x64 BenQ E2220 1080p Seasonic M12II Evo 620W Coolermaster Elite 430 
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A4tech X7 710BH 
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