I've reconsidered and realized I don't need a top notch machine. And really, the more money I save - the better.
What this pc will be used for in order from greatest to least: Moderate gaming, gaming with fraps, music, video editing (nothing extreme - just my gaming video), Microsoft office programs when I go back to school in the fall.
I plan on overclocking and I'd like to run SLI/Crossfire down the road.
With that being said I would like this computer to last me at least 3 years minimum - Hopefully I upgrade after 5 years or so.
I'm thinking about going AMD for the value - unsure weather I should wait it out for Bulldozer - given the price - but meh, I'm just looking for the most bang for my buck - I'd still like run games as close to high settings as possible though.
Parts I already have: case, psu, monitor, keyboard, mouse
I'll be buying from newegg.com
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition $200
Mobo: MSI 890FXA-GD65 $140
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve $40
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 $85
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $280
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $65
Disc Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $16
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100
change to AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 instead of the 890 ($90, saves $50)
Get a Hyper 212+ ($30, saves $10)
Get a HD 6850 ($175, saves $105)
Get a second HD6850 (+175), total increase $10, and you have a solid, crossfired system