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
UPS: XFX 750W
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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  1. An FX 8320, for example
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113285
    or 8350
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284
    If installing it, update the BIOS firstly with the old CPU installed.
    For more options regarding CPU upgrade:
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_990FX/#support_CPU
  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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