No real budget. I just wanted to know if if what he had is a decent build and if there were any upgrades worth while for him. I guess he plays Valorant and Overwatch mainly (no idea how taxing or not those are). We’re in Ma. U.S. I’m pretty sure I could swap out the CPU for him if you think it would make a noticeable a difference in performance. Seems like the 2 you recommended are in the $150-200 range. Thanks for your help btw.
The suggestions for the CPU upgrade are good ones, and a Ryzen 5600 at around $150 or cheaper right now is a good deal. If you want to buy him a new CPU as a gift just for fun then that's a nice route to go.
Just to be sure though - is he unhappy with the performance he is getting now? His specs are honestly still pretty decent in my book. I have friends who are happily gaming on less. If it were me I would only be looking to upgrade if I could identify a specific game or two where I was getting unacceptable performance.
If your son is playing at 1080p and trying to make full use of the 144 Hz refresh rate, then a new CPU may well be in order. But if he is playing at 1440p and high graphics settings, then it may be the GPU limiting him most of the time in which case a new CPU won't buy much more performance.
Maybe you and your son can sit down with his favorite games and test what performance he is getting. Using a program like MSI Afterburner or another live hardware monitoring program, you can set up on-screen overlays to track hardware utilization and framerate among other things. When framerates are getting low, is the GPU at or near 100% utilization? If so, that's what's holding back performance the most. If the GPU is frequently showing <90% utilization but you are still getting lower framerates, that's more than likely a sign that the CPU is struggling (even if the CPU isn't reading 100% load, many games can't efficiently load all cores).
Once you are armed with evidence showing which component is the "weakest link" in the games he plays, then you could be sure that your upgrade will give you the best marginal improvement.