Or one that is definitely in your budget is the fx-6350. Its msrp is $139 US but newegg has it on sale all the time for $119 US. I have it on an Asus M5A99 Pro 2.0 mobo and with just tweaking in the bios have it stable at 4.2 using a Evo 212 cpu fan cooler and never getting above 45 degrees C. I got board and cpu for less than 250 and am able to run everything currently out (that I play anyway, WOW, ESO, etc) at ultra settings and still get 80 to 120 fps. Check out the may cpu lineup on tom's and he lists it as a great buy in that price point. Not to mention the mobo is a hell of a lot cheaper than any intel and you have 16x by 2 slot PCI-E option with the AMD without dropping 300 to 400 bucks on just mobo( intel Ivy-E or Sandy). Just my opinion of course and the intel's are great chips but for those of us that cant or dont want to drop 2500 bucks to get a PC that will be usable for the next 3 to 5 years, I think AMD is the way to go right now.