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an acquaintance of mine wants to buy a new cpu and mobo for his gaming pc

he said:
$500 budget but the lesser, the better (i think he prefers around $350-400)
preferably from newegg
no microcenter near him
refuses to oc
2-way sli/crossfire capable

games i know he plays:
warz (infestation: survivor stories)
dayz standalone
dayz mod
rust
world of warcraft
skyrim

current setup (this is all he told me):
amd phenom x4 965 stock
a crappy biostar am3 mobo
gtx 760 (just upgraded from gtx 460)

i was thinking:
1st option - fx-8320 and new mobo
2nd option - a locked haswell i5 (4670, 4570, or 4430?) and new mobo
3rd option - keep the cpu and upgrade the mobo. get fx-8320 in the future

my questions:
1. is his gtx 760 being bottlenecked by his phenom x4?
2. which option should he go for?
3. will he drastically feel an increase in performance from his phenom to an fx-6300, fx-8320, and i5-4430?
4. i don't know which mobos are good for fx or haswell. what are some good mobos for both?
5. is 650w enough to run gtx 760 sli?
Edited by itzzjason - 1/14/14 at 8:49am
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Main Desktop
(19 items)
 
HTPC
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7-3770k ASRock Z77 Professional ASUS STRIX GTX 970 ASUS STRIX GTX 970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Green 4x4gb DDR3-1600 CL11 Crucial M4 128gb Western Digital Caviar Black 2tb 64mb cache 720... Seagate Barracuda 2tb 64mb cache 7200RPM SATA 6... 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support Phanteks PH-TC14PE (white) CPU Cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Monoprice 2560x1440 60hz IPS LED 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Monoprice 2560x1440 60hz IPS LED Corsair K90 XFX Pro 1250w Black Edition Corsair Air 540 
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Logitech G400 free cheap one Onboard 
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