I've been reading alot on how much of a let down this bulldozer line iswhen it comes to gaming.... Is it safe to say if your building a brand new system RIGHT NOW your best bet is to stick with an Intel CPU?
i7 is of no use for gaming or light application use. i7 2600k is for heavy multi-threaded applications due to their hyper-threading technology. i5 2500k is THE best intel chip for gaming at $220. the GTX is the best choice for a SINGLE monitor setup, whild a 6970 would be best for a triple monitor setup, dual if inside your budget. Asrock makes a kickin Z68 GEN 3 MoBo, and an HX1050 would be highly recommended for any of these options. 8GB of ram is plenty for any gaming system. Get a good case teamed with either (with this budget if you are OC'ing) a Noctua D14 or a Corsair H100. Great cases are Cooler Master HAF 932/942(X), as well as Antec 900, NZXT Phantom. Go with a Full Tower.