You really should go with an i3-2100 + LGA1155. It'll be much faster in games than what you picked out and use significantly less wattage (60W). In fact, the i3-2100 is faster than AMD's fastest chip, the Phenom II 980 BE: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/362?vs=289
Look towards the bottom for games.
I would wait until the end of August personally for an AMD build. I think AMD is a solid route, just it can't compete with Intel right now. At the end of August, that is the expected date for BD to arrive. Course details will be released the 24th. http://www.guru3d.com/news/amd-uncovers-bulldozer-detai...
If you can't wait I can understand since it is a while.
Browsing the world, what happens if he OC the 980 BE also you should see the new AMD cpu, I bet you ati new series will be top line the 5000 series had like x2 more sales than the 200 series.
Still allergic to grammar I see.
The 980BE costs much more than the i3, I was just using the benchmark to show the i3-2100 will beat a Phenom II at 3.7ghz. If he were looking into spending that much on a CPU he can get an i5-2400 which will destroy any Phenom II on water or air.