If you are going to do a lot of video compression and gaming, I'd recommend waiting until the z68 boards come out in a month or so in order to have the quick sync feature with the ability to oc your processor and have discrete graphic cards.
Thats not a problem. I just dont upgrade often and want to get the best for the money I spend. Right now I have a intel core 2 2.40ghz 2gb of ram. and its takeing me 7 hours to compress the videos I am dealing with. I am wanting to get that under an hour if possible. And while Im doing the upgrade I want to add 3D to stream to my TV when more 3D streaming options become available, Im hopeing netflix will offer this in the years to come.
I was wanting to get a 6 core CPU, upon research (little admitedly). I see 2 off the top. amd phenom II X6 and Core i7 extreme edition. Why the price difference of these? AMDs is between 200 and 300. While Intels is between 900 and 1000???