Can't believe I'm saying this, but I was wondering whether I should get the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000. Dear me, I sound like a retard thinking of going with AMD, BUT this seems to look decent, and from the reviews from newegg, they seem to think its fine for gaming.
Not at all, when Athlon 64 was first released, AMD were praised by enthusiasts, the Opteron 165 1.8GHz was coming out head and shoulders above competing Intel parts of much higher clock speed.
If you want to spend less, then you can't do better than the 5000+ X2 Black Edition. BE means unlocked multiplier which makes for great OC'ing potential, you could easily hit 3.2 with this at a fraction of the price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194
I'd recommend you go with an AM2+ socket for example the 780G so that you have an upgrade path to Phenom later.