CPU Upgrade, what to choose and what should I think about?

MY current hardware specs is as follows:

Motherboard: Asus sabertooth 990FX 1st gen or rev1.0
CPU: AMD Phenom II, x4 945 3.01Ghz
GPU: Nvidia GTX 680 2GB ram
RAM:8GB misc vendors

I'm not very handy when it comes to overclocking so the cpu will more or less run at it's default values. So a lower set cpu with great overclocking abilities won't really do much for me compared to a factory set higher value cpu. If that makes any sense.

So please have that in mind when recomending a good viable upgrade.

This would also be an upgrade to last a few years.
I mainly use this computer for games and watching movies.
Games played, fallout 3; crysis 1, 2, 3; metro 2033, last light; Diablo III and so on.

My budget would be around 250USD
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More about cpu upgrade choose
  1. An FX 8320, for example
    or 8350
    If installing it, update the BIOS firstly with the old CPU installed.
    For more options regarding CPU upgrade:
  2. I asume FX is the latest and only version worth it's name?
    Made a quick search on 3 computer part vendors in my region (Sweden) and am3+ sockets only showed FX more or less barely saw any other model, like Phenom, Athlon or Sempron.

    And I asume FX 8xx, 6xx names the amount of cores available?

    I believe I will go out and grab http://www.komplett.se/k/ki.aspx?sku=766047
    Will only have to confirm I can afford it, but it looks like I will grab it in a few days. :)
  3. It's OK. What's the memory model? Using 2 kits?
  4. If you mean my RAM I have 2 different crap sets.

    Data taken from cpu-z SPD tab.

    Slot1: Kingston, PC3-10700; 2048MB; (667Mhz)
    Slot2: Kingston, PC3-10700; 2048MB; (667Mhz)
    Slot3: Micron Technology, PC3-8500F; 2048MB; (533MHz)
    Slot4: Micron Technology, PC3-8500F; 2048MB; (533MHz)

    Could probably pick up some new Ram as well.
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