Need help with a replacement for CPU/MOBO *AMD based*

Hey again guys, I'll get right into it. My current system specs I will list below, as I need something worthy for around $250 that will give a decent boost in performance for me. Cpu+Mobo combo deal. I'm posting again because I didn't really get an answer the first time around, sorry.

current specs:
phenom II x4 955 be
geforce gtx 760 2gb boost
8gb g.skill ripjaws
500gb hd
asus m4a79xtd evo
650w corsair psu
win7 64b
24" lcd

Here's what I'm looking at below. I found this as a combo sale. It's a Canadian based store which I need. So either ncix or newegg.
NCIX Bundle Deal ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD970/SB950 ATX Motherboard & AMD FX-8320 8 Core Processor

I'm looking to stabilize the bottlekneck I may be having currently with my cpu and such. Is the listed above good? and will it give a nice performance boost? If not, please suggest something.

P.s. Was going to go a first time Intel route, but I'm on a budget after picking up the 760, ty.
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  1. The LE lacks heatsinks so it's a great budget board for stock settings, just not overclocking.
    I personally have an overclocked 8320 (clocked to the speeds of an 8350 for $50 cheaper) on a M5A97 R2.0.
    Out of all those combos, I'd personally recommend the M5A97 R2.0 with the 8320.
    If you could push it a bit more, go ahead with an 8320 partnered with an Asus M5A99x.

    FX processors are great if you're on a budget.
    From my experience, the 8320 on the M5A97 R2.0 handles everything with ease.
    I do a bunch of editing and gaming and have encountered no problems with it.
  2. 8320 and a ud3 cant go wrong with that combo.. pinch 10 more dollars its worth it.
  3. On

    The M5A97 R2.0/8320 bundle deal is $284.99 CAD.
    The M5A99X/8320 bundle deal is $329.99 CAD ($309.99 CAD after rebate).

    The AsRock 970 Extreme3 is also a great board, it was the backup board I would get if I didn't get the M5A97 R2.0.
    The 970 Extreme3/8320 bundle deal is $289.99 CAD ($259.99 CAD after rebate).

    The FX6300 is actually a great processor also (if you're looking to go a bit cheaper).
    970 Extreme3/6300 bundle deal is $255.99 CAD ($225.99 CAD after rebate).

    Bundle deal for FX 6300/990FXA: ($264.98 CAD).

    Theres a limited offer for: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Six Core, MSI 970A-G43 Motherboard, CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM all for $253.99 CAD

    I couldn't find any attractive bundle deals regarding price on Newegg for the 8320.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.75 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $254.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 19:40 EST-0500)
  5. Dang so many answers.. overwhelming o.O .. I suppose it does not have to be a combo deal as long as they both equate to about $250-260 tops. I'm going to have to look over all of these. I figured I want the best bang for the big in terms of cpu and mobo for that price range. I'd rather get the 8cores but I want a great mobo as well. Thank you all so much, it looks like I can't really go wrong with either of the pics.

    Last question to you guys is, coming from my current cpu and mobo, should I see a definite boost in performance when gaming? Will it help add power to my 760?
  6. it might help minimum fps.. and max but i would exspect maybe 3-8fps on the high end.
  7. Hmmm, so from that guess-timate it doesn't seem worth the investment at the moment it looks like? I was hoping a new cpu would stop the frames from dipping low in dense fighting situations, typically graphical settings that are more cpu intensive. The frames on the high front are fine. Last thing I want to do is cough up $300 for nothing or the least a minimal improvement. Thanks for clearing that up though, I have to think about this.
  8. Best answer
    You will get a boost for sure in minimum FPS. Your current CPU is definitely bottlenecking that GTX 760. Your old PhII is still a fairly decent chip, but ideally probably shouldn't be paired with anything faster than an HD 7850 at stock speeds. I would give this a read. The review only goes up to an FX 6350, but even it shows to be better than PhII 965.,3584.html
  9. Awesome, and thanks for the link as well. I think I am going to go with the Fx-8320 and the Gigabyte mobo you suggested. I'm looking forward to see how it all works together with the 760. The hyper 212 cooler is still a good fit for these yeah?

    Thank you once again for sticking around.
  10. Yea, hyper 212 will still be good.
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