Ivy Bridge is supposed to be 2011 socket. No?
Also, in high Res, gaming is GPU dependant, not CPU (in almost all cases, excluding RTS). So AMD or Intel is good enough. My 1055t does not go above 60% in all my games, while my 6970 goes to 100%. I never seem to have any issues playing games with my system.
So please, just refrain from going bonkers because he chose AMD. You can always give suggestions that could try to convince him to go with Intel.
That is a pretty sweet system you have there. Suggestion is to overclock that beast (just for the fun) and enjoy playing your games! What monitor you going to use? What resolution you going to play at?
Yes games are generally GPU dependent. Too bad every Phenom II bottlenecks high-end dual GPU setups.
Obviously the issue here is that the motherboard is so expensive. If Bulldozer turns out to be amazing, pairing it with a killer board like that would be justified. However, hoping for that and buying a $150 (USD) board to go with a $130 processor isn't all that brilliant. At that point you're talking i3-2100 performance for many uses, and most reasonable people wouldn't pair an i3 with a $150 board. They'd choose a decent, inexpensive board and an i5 like you mentioned.
I guess my overall issue with just going i5-2300/2400 now is that you'd be getting a less-than-amazing motherboard in exchange for the substantial CPU performance increase. The best thing certainly would be to wait and see how things settle after BD launches, and then choose a brand.