Budget is $1,400 USD
My #1 priority is gaming on a 1680x1050 22" monitor.
planning on getting a 4890 toxic graphics card, i think that should have me covered til dx11 and then some.
The reason i'm considering the SSD is because i'd like my games/OS to load as quickly as possible. So, if a phenom II with ssd is faster than i7 without due to taking care of HDD bottleneck i'd rather get that system since gaming is comparable on both.
Any more questions ask away community.