My 965 won't hit above 3.8 QQ
Yep, cores above 4 are irrelevant unless you plan to be...multitasking while gaming?
Processor speed isn't even the relevant statistic. All that really matters are benchmarks. A 2500K at 3.8ghz will destroy a 965 at the same speed because CPUs all have different architectures.
I think you'll be pretty OK in most games with this CPU. Skyrim, SC2 and other heavily CPU-dependent titles may not use the 7950 to its full potential, but I think most will.
Thanks for the info. I did order the 7950 last night. It sucks that XFX changed their warranty. I had to spend an extra $50 to get the lifetime warranty with the dual fan card. Better to be safe though.