i was debating getting an intel cpu but looking at benchmarks from various different websites it seems i would pay 2x as much for only slightly better performance.
Even at 4.5ghz, the FX41XX gets embarrassed in gaming by a stock dual core 3.1ghz i3-2100. GHZ has nothing to do with performance anymore, it's all about architecture.
If you want to build a budget gaming machine, forget the FX41XX and go with a i3-2120. Mobo's start at just $59 and are upgradable to Ivy Bridge.