I figured going this route he would be set for all gaming atm, and he shouldnt feel so bad ditching his mobo as I have to do on my setup to get the new line of CPUS (bulldozer for him , sandy bridge for me) once it is needed.
His upgrade path seems a bit better than mine, since his current mobo is very good value/lowcost, and when cpu upgrade is needed he can get a similar value am3+ socket for bulldozer and a new single graphic card. Where as I need to replace more expensive cpu/mobo in my setup.
I opted for some quality psu/case etc which he can use for many years. I picked 8gb ram cause i got a good deal, but I guess 4gb would have been sufficient
He is also gaming on 1920 x 1080 and only using it for gaming.
Same for me on my setup really,....always something new anyway.
Regarding AMD pick, I just find intel setups generally cost more especially when u want a similar quality mobo for an intel setup. Also figured while i5 760 performs equal to 1090 in most games now, surely within a year or so more games will benefit from 6 cores?
It is pretty much the same deal when core2quad came out. People were telling me it was a bad buy cause no games used more than 2 cores, but in the end IMO it was worth it, kind of thinking the same here.
+ the cpu is kinda cheap atm, and once its insufficient in what 3 years? he can go bulldozer instead. It should be pretty easy to oc close to 4ghz