Hey there, You've probably already got your build done by the time of my reading this, but if not I'll lend any help I can. Personally, I am very satisfied with a budget AMD build I did recently. My basic rule of thumb is to always start with budget and go from there, and if my budget isnt at least 1500 I usually go AMD simply for the performance to cost ratio. PLEASE NOTE to anyone wanting to get into a intel vs amd debate. I'm not a fanboy of either, I love them both, but quite simply I feel that AMD is better on the budget than Intel and Ive yet to have a problem with AMD products in 10 years as long as they are cooled properly.
My current build is bolted to a DimasTech Test Ferrari Red test bench as I usually am swapping parts in and out as I work on other systems. But this is my core build.
CPU: AMD FX-8350
MOBO: ASROCK Extreme3 990x
RAM: 8gb 1600mhz
GPU:MSI G Series GTX 770 2GB
PSU: ThermalTake 750W
CPU COOLING: h100 Corsair Hydro Series
Other Cooling: 3 120mm Blue LED Fans
Running Windows 7 Ultimate.
3D MARK Score: 6797 on firestrike 1.1, 18807 on Cloudgates 1.1, and 118174 on Icestorm 1.2. For the mere $830 I spent on the whole system including the SteelSeries MMO mouse and before overclocking, these are very legitimate scores IMO.