Well the thing is, I make my rent in one week's pay check, so in two weeks (after rent was taken out), I can pretty much do whatever. So what I had my eye on was the ASUS solutions (because I work for them), a couple Z77 boards and just toss an Ivy Bridge i5 3570 in them.
To those of you that suggested using Intel: Besides simply making your processors faster because you could, have you felt the need to overclock the Intel chips for better performance in game? I realize that Intel doesn't clock as high when you OC, but their IPC is much higher than anything AMD has on the board right now. So if I go Intel, I'll just fork over the cash for the i5 3570k.
But if I'm switching mobos, I really have to know: 8x8 vs 16x16 SLI/CF... Is it worth it? I personally prefer single-card solutions as they tend to run into less games simply ignoring the existance of other hardware (i.e. a game does not take full advantage, and actually takes an fps HIT from SLI/CF) I also know of AMD's current driver dilemma with their cards, so would I want to eventually CF my 7870, or just dump it for the next pretty little thing to come along in two years?