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Next upgrade for desktop. Graphics card or CPU?

Hi, I've been thinking about upgrading my PC for a while and struggling over the next component to upgrade.
The specs of my machine are as follows:
  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 (oc to 3.8ghz)
  • Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 560TI
  • 650W PSU
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 120GB SSD/1TB HDD


I'm thinking the CPU is the best component to upgrade, which will require a new motherboard as I'm on socket AM3, but I'd thought I best check first.
The machine is used for gaming and programming, never any video editing etc
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  1. Best answer
    CPU , Motherboard.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $229.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 17:31 EDT-0400)
  2. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    CPU , Motherboard.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $229.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 17:31 EDT-0400)


    Would that be better value than an intel chip longer term?
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $359.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 21:48 EDT-0400)
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