Phenom ii however is much better value for money, as it actually outperforms the fx in a few areas despite being much cheaper.
All in all, if you're looking for a quick cheap processor that gets the job done for the next one or two years then I would go with the Phenom ii.
For long term investment then I would definitely choose Intel over AMD's FX processors, since their single-core performance is really not up to par.
I realize that intel is suprerior, but I'm on a sort of budget and I'm looking for something to bridge the gap between the 965/i3 2100 and the i5 3450. I had heard that the 965 actually performed better than the 8120 in gaming, so I wanted to make sure that if I went the amd route, I wouldn't be throwing away 50 bucks for the 8120. From the responses, it seems that while I'm not throwing it away, I'm not making the best use of it either.
I guess I'm just experimenting with different potential builds at this point. Either I go with an amd build thats a bit unbalanced (phenom 965 and gtx 670 OR fx 8120 and 7950 OC) or I get a more balanced intel build that would essentially be a dead end eventually since ivy bridge is the end of the 1155 sockets (i5 3470 and 7870 ghz edition)