Doubt if you'd see much if any performance increase in the 6350 if OCing the 965 at all, for single core performance think the 965 is actually higher, so if primarily gaming, you'd want the 8350 for an increase that would be worth it
You would hardly get true benefit from having an Octa-Core system over a Hexa-Core one. Not at all, unless you're fond of running Photoshop, Darktables, Lightroom, Autocad, 3DStudio... and all that image & video editing software.
The money you save from getting Fx-6300 over Fx-8350 could be used on some cheesy parts like a new SSD... better GPU... better PSU... better something that you are going to really notice the effect!
Oh, and I said Fx-6300, not Fx-6350 because it is the same CPU but the second one gets hotter because it cames pre-overclocked from factory.
You can get Fx-6300 and clock it up to catch Fx-6350 without any problems, the only thing I don't like from Fx-6300 over Fx-6350 is the CPU fan, wich is quite shitty in Fx-6300 and not so much in Fx-6350. (Big, Chunky, copper-based heatsink.. but somewhat loud).
What is your PSU and GPU? It will draw more power. Also make sure on motherboard compatibility.
Motherboard is a ASRock 970 Extreme 3 Am3+, so I am compatible. Board supports upto 140w cpu. I have a 620w Antec Neo Eco PSU (48 amps over a single 12v rail), and I am currently running an EVGA GTX 570, although I would be happy to upgrade to a 7970 or 680 some time soon.
Hey, I just installed the new 8350. I had to reset the CMOS on my mobo, but besides that, I had no trouble at all.
I do have a question about temperatures though. This processor is idling around 12 degrees Celsius... is that safe? I mean, I know overheating is more of the issue we worry about, but seriously, I have never had a CPU go that low. Do you think my monitoring software is wrong?