I have an i5-760 unit and from it's experience and experience with other Intel specific units I feel that nVidia pairs better.
everyone has opinions and of course you can go with an ATi card.
HD6950 is a good card and you will enjoy it, just make sure you can physically fit it into your case.
you probably can but I'm just pointing it out along with a solid power supply..
What do you mean by pairs better? Also, I would definitely appreciate some suggestions on a suitable case <$100. By the way this will be my first build so the simpler the better for me.
Additionally, I am not opposed to waiting for the SB boards to come back, but I heard they were going to be pretty expensive to get full functionality ($220 for 2500k and $180 for board is going to be pretty expensive