I've managed to get a i5-750 setup for approximatively the same price as a AMD Phenom II X4 965 similar setup. The only big difference between both of those are the mobos. I would love to be pointed out toward the better one on these as I am pretty clueless on the subject.
I'd say theres not much of a difference, but there are a few more boards that are possible a better buy, unless you really need 8 sata ports. Evga, MSI, and Gigabyte all have Mobo's in the 130-170 range with basically the same specs. I think the evga one is the LE or the SLI, and GD65 or GD80 for MSI both have outstanding reviews. im not sure if those have SLI support tho, but i hope this helps a bit