I don't have a microcenter nearby to my knowledge. I'm out in rural Colorado (2hrs from Denver).
And? It's worth driving 2 hours to denver for microcenter prices. I drove 2 hours to DC to get my computer gear. I'll be glad to pay $10 in gas and save over $100 in computer components. I saved about $237 just on this build alone (nzxt 27, i7 ~110, ud5h ~100) by going MC vs newegg or whatever.
I'm not a fanboy but Intel will always be better. I did buy a AMD FX-4100 for my brothers build and have not had problems from it but he doesn't do anything on it. The only AMD that I would consider is the FX-83x0, I have heard a lot of good things about them.
OP didnt say anything about fx, he wanted to get rid of his fx... and what do you mean you have 'heard a lot of good things about the fx-8350'? You mean, from people who mistakenly bought an fx-8350, and the chip is still, as bad as it is, 10000x strong enough to run GPU dependent video games (which are not very intensive at all anyways and if you are spending $170+ on a CPU just for gaming that's a bit excessive) and web browsing and general usage, and so they talk about how awesome it is, even though they've never used an i5 and have no frame of reference to compare it and realize how terrible it is for the money?
Because all hardware products like that, most people only build one computer for a few years. Then they just recommend the components they bought, no matter how bad or good they are because they haven't tried anything else. Then people see the recommendations, and basically you have the same 5 PSUs being recommended over and over, the same 5 heatsinks, the same 5 gpus, the same 5 cases, etc. Sometimes it's warranted (nzxt source 210, nh-d14), sometimes you have terrible, outdated hardware being recommended over and over in a vicious cycle (haf 912, as5, hyper 212s).
Don't be suprised if you hit the 4.4GHz wall with Ivy. Didn't hear much about these new "batches" that OC better but the IB i5 was a letdown compared to the SB i5. If you plan to delid then disregard that. But at 4.4 the 3570K should eat up WoW for lunch. And the 7950 should own WoW as well. My 7870 doesn't skip a beat with everything maxed @ 1080p res.
if you buy a 7950 just for wow then you are the opposite of a smart consumer.