Now be prepaired for the flood of Intel suggestions. LOL Don't get me wrong Intel makes great products its just I like being different. For personal use I have 2 AMD systems and two Intel. Though some would have you beleive the AMD's can't run some new games at maximum settings I haven't found one yet.
Its not so much that AMD wont play them at max settings, its that if your buying a machine for more than ~$700 and overclocking, then your wasting your money on an AMD. Any overclocked Intel in that price range would smoke the AMD offering more often than not. If your building a system for about $500 like the budget build from this months SBM, then you could get very similar performence from an AMD based machine.