What if i wanted somthing a bit cheaper like for around $130? how does the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition rank?
The 955 can be had for 104.99 at newegg right now (on sale til 10/24). i5 2500k can be had for 179.99 at microcenter (they've had it there for a while and look to be keep it there at least for the entirety of october).
In my opinion those are the best two for their respective price ranges, since the 955 is unlocked you can just bump up the multiplier to get it up to the same clock as a 965 or 970 without much trouble. And the i5 2500K is just a beast, as has been stated and proven many a time.