OK, so I'm buying my CPU+Mobo from MicroCenter and GPU from Newegg. I have the other parts, but the CPU, mobo, and GPU are the ones I'm unsure about. I want to spend $380-$390 on CPU+Mobo+GPU. I can get an i5-3570K with ASRock mobo(CPU+Mobo=$250) and 6870, OR, a Phenom 965 and Gigabyte mobo(CPU+Mobo=$160) and either one of the more-expensive 560Ti's or a 6950 unlocked to 6970, OR FX-8120 and MSI mobo(CPU+Mobo=$200) and one of the cheaper 560Ti's and 6950's. I will mainly be browsing, gaming, FRAPS, and some rare uses of Photoshop. Which will be the better performing and which should I get? I want something that'll last a bit, and plays games like Skyrim, BF3, Civilization V, Portal, TF2, Crysis, etc. at High/Very High/Ultra settings at 50-60FPS. In CPU limited games, the i5 will dominate, but the GPU might hold it back. I'm unsure of what to pick, but I will wait a month to see if the 560Ti/6950 drops to $130-$150. STill, I want advice from the community.
Buy the Intel combo. Since video cards are always changing you will be able to upgrade far into the future. The intel combo gives you the platform to do it on. BTW when you mod a 6950 it does no become the same as a 6970. It falls in between. Mine is unlocked and I have done several for friends in the past.
Thanks for the answer! Since I will be building 1-2 months from now, the new Keplers will cause price drops, and hopefully the 560Ti and 6950 drop to about $150 or less, but a 6870 should be sufficient.