is there a rig out there thats better or almost the same that will hover the price of $1000-$1500?
Yes. Gaming Workhorse August 2010
Change out the HD 5870 for a HD 5850. Perhaps leave out the sound card as well.
A future upgrade of a 2nd HD 5850 or a NextGen (or 2 generations new) when the gaming isn't fun anymore.