Why would you get an AMD CPU for high end gaming? If you don't have the new motherboard yet, then definitely go for an Intel i5.
I refuse to purchase an intel CPU, I have been partial to AMD for many years, I would also never pair an AMD gpu with one, It does not seem right.
Yes! And like Morgan said... about that Motherboard... are you getting one of those for christmas also? or do you currently have a 9xx mobo?
I am probably getting the ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+.