So I just got a new liquid cooler (yay). I had was going to clean off my old cooler and in the process knocked of my 965 be on the ground, and it landed on the pins of course. The pins were bent back in place, but there is a dent in the silicon on the corner. So is my cpu sscrewed?
I have droped a cpu on the floor and bent all the pins and bent them back and it still worked. All you can do is try it, you might get lucky. Otherwise its a good opportunity to buy a fx4300 or 6300 and see if you can get it to 5ghz. Wouldnt bother with the 8350, uses too much power and heat for minimal gains in gaming.
the 6300 would be better value for gaming, uses less power and OC's better. it will probably be on par with the 965, being faster in well threaded games, and slower in games that dont use lots of cores. Just make sure your motherboard supports the cpu you plan to buy. just dont expect a major performance increase in games from your 965.