The reason he went with AMD is that they are cheaper and faster in the range you're looking to go in. Unless there's a tangible reason to go intel, such as needing 4.1 or 4.2 instruction sets for some optimized SETI there's no point to just spending more money.
He also got you better quality powersupply and a faster graphics card. (Though looking at the reviews I think I'd opt to go with a 5770 or a 4890 if you can find it)
If you're trying to find those deals just search for one of the items in it and then look at the deals associated with it. It really isn't very difficult.
Some quick comments - Case - No front panel esata. MB no esata, nor Firewire. PSU - not sure about quality
Added note - Neither MB supports SLI/Xfire, If need should get P series, not H series
Might take a look at this
I3-530 review (Looks like it overclocks very well and only Draws 120 Watts at Idle YOU would need to add for add on GPU) http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/c [...] u-review/5
For gaming the GPU is the important part not the CPU (even so the i3 Did Very well agaist the AMD)
Build for my wife: NOTE Low end games, for her any game over $10 is a rip off So you would have to factor in the 5770 GPU.
I3-530 (will OC), H55M-UD2H (No sli/xfire needed), Corsair 400 W PSU (can easily run a 5770 GPU), 4 gigs of ram CL7 1.35 V (Cheaper available - DDR3 1600 CL7 a little more). $365 Hard to beat.
I added a 3rd party HSF for $23. NOTE the MB I picked has a very High 1/2 egg rate - This was because they picked a Kit and had no clue as what they were getting - They tried to use the back panel HDMI/DVI connector which can ONLY be used with an i3/I5 WITH intergrated graphics in the CPU - dummies.
Pick what you need.
Optional: What I didn't need to buy at this time. (I'll probably buy her a new case (HEC 63RABB, and latter on the 5670 GPU)
If need new operating system (Recommend win 7) that adds $105.
If needed (as I already had):
New case - $40->$60
HDD ($50 -> $75)
DVD writer Reuses DVD $25, Blu-ray writer approx $200
GPU - 5670/5750 approx $120, or 5770 approx $160
Comments; This is a low power consumption system which reduces Loud fan requirements!!! With a 5770, under 300 Watts.
I've tried a mild overclock (3.3 GHz - great)
If in US, check out how close you live to a Microcenter, They often beat Newegg on CPU/MB prices. But you have to pay sales tax (If newegg charges shipping then this is normally a wash). I do not live close, But it is on the way when I go to my son's and is where I bought my I5-750 w/p55-UD4P MB and my i3-530 and H55M-UD2H MB as they were cheaper than Newegg.