I've got about $600 to drop on a new system. That means motherboard, cpu, and RAM. I don't go for the crazy 2k builds. I'm more into buying the lower speed cpu's and overclocking them up.
Before I realized that AMD put themselves back into the cpu race, I was deadset on the i5-750
. So I'd be looking for an AMD equivalent of that....if it performs better and cost about the same or less.