You won't see much real-world (i.e. gaming) performance gains from getting an X4 965 (which should be the X4 955 anyway, as they're the same chip). I would spend the $185 bucks on an HD 5770 ($150) instead. That will certainly improve your performance.
Or alternatively, if you had about could spend another $35 above that, get a 5770 and a X3 425 for $120 total. That would certainly give you a lot of performance gains.
The CPU I mentioned is better than the one you have. It'll also be extremely good at overclocking. It could potentially turn into a X4 955 if you get lucky with unlocking the fourth core and overclocking.
Phenoms don't require AM3. The AM3 CPUs can work in AM2 and AM2+ sockets in addition to AM3. AM2/AM2+ CPUs will not work in AM3 sockets.
My bad, completely missed that you listed your current MOBO.
Phenom II"s will work in a few AM2 motherboards. Technically they should work in all of them, but they require a BIOS update that not all MOBO manufacturers did.
edit: Ok, so I don't make a further fool of myself, yes you can get around the BIOS issue by manually setting everything in the BIOS, but running a comp with a CPU being unrecognized by the MOBO can cause other issues.
CPU Heirarchy Chart
I don’t recommend upgrading your CPU unless the potential replacement is at least three tiers higher
Yep that is right
I just remember that one guy left his Graphics card her for my dad to test lol so I did it for him its a XFX 295 I remove my 8800 GTS and put the 295 in and run 3Dmark Vantage I score 16572 and then I tested it in Battlefield Bad Company™ 2 ALL Graphics on there highest and played at 1920*1200 lol I was amazed it was smooth so smooth
And people don`t like the 295 just for the 2 GPU`s or most people
Thanks guys So here I go tomorrow me buy Good Graphics card I think I am going with xFx 5770 1GB ATI Radeon 5770 GPU At newegg its $150 in South Africa its $320