Originally Posted by jtom320
If you want maximum gaming performance put 1000 dollars into two 79** series cards and use the remaining 800 or so for a basic sandy bridge build. You will crush any game coming out for a long time.
On one hand, I strongly agree with this, and on the other hand, I strongly disagree.
In general, I feel that CPU generations are much longer than GPU generations, so blowing a bunch of money on a GPU won't give you the best future-proof computer. For example, I purchased a C2D system in 2007 (OCed to 3.5GHz) and an 8800GTX GPU. Over the four years that that system was my primary system, I upgraded my GPU twice (GTX 295 and HD 5970). Even with a mere Conroe C2D, simple GPU upgrades kept me playing all but the most intensive games at max settings. And I could play pretty much any game, as long as I accepted either lower resolutions and/or lower settings (but rarely did I have to go below medium high).
In this train of thought, I'd recommend spending more on the CPU now, with GPU upgrade plans down the road. However, the reason this plan works is because most games are heavily dependent on the GPU. So if you go all-out on the GPU now, you'll be better equipped to play today's and tomorrow's best games, but you might struggle in a few years if you have a lesser CPU.
Now, this is just my musings based on my experience, so please take it with a grain (or more) of salt.