So here's my story.
I currently have a Phenom II X4 965 BE processor. That's 4 cores running at 3.4 each. HOWEVER, this processor wasn't originally designed to run with my current mobo. When I got the processor I had to flash a custom BIOS which allowed it to run properly with my mobo. I have to use a custom program called MsrTweaker to get each core running at 3.4GHz. I think this may be what's holding me back.
I have a DxDiag file that's telling me my computer is running these 4 cores at 800mhz. This is the minimum speed the core runs at. My CPU-Z (which you will see below) show it running at 3.4. I'm just not 100% sure my mobo is letting my processor run effectively. My computer does feel slower than it should.