Both are am3+, does the Mobo have to be above rev.1 ?
According to Gigabyte Support concerning compatible Processors for your Motherboard it isn't listed: GA-970A-DS3 (rev. 1.0) | Motherboard - GIGABYTE U.S.A.
So the FX8350 ISN'T COMPATIBLE with your Motherboard. I don't understand why because your motherboard does support FX processors with 125 watts like the FX8350.
Same goes for versions 1.1 & 3.0 of the same Model Motherboard.
I suggest you open a Gigabyte Support ticket and find out why the FX8350 is not listed as being compatible.
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