An AMD FX-8350 CPU will work well for gaming, I use an older FX-8150 and it does quite nicely. Your graphics card will be more heavily used with games than the CPU, but you still shouldn't skimp on a good processor. You can certainly get an Intel i7, or high-end i5, and get good results, but I'd focus most of the money on getting a high performing graphics card.
Here's an idea for an AMD build.
Case: LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower - Lian-Li makes excellent, though minimalist, PC cases. In general, aluminum cases are of higher quality with side vents, windows, and fans adding to the noise. $104
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 - This is one of the AMD 970 chipset motherboards. The 970 is the basic core of the 900 series and is designed for FX CPU's. If you are wanting multi-GPU capabilities, a 990FX board is the way to go. $74
CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz - It's not going to match the performance of some of the higher-end i5's and certainly i7's, but for gaming, it does a very good job. If you use other programs which prefer actual physical cores, this CPU will do well. $179
GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB - This isn't quite a flagship GPU, but it is still a great performer. If you want to go flagship, I'd suggest an GTX 980, like the GIGABYTE GV-N980WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 980 4GB. $329
PSU: EVGA 600 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 600W - 600W should be more than enough for this build, however, if you plan on using SLI/Crossfire, you may want a bit more wattage. $64
SSD: Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW120A401 2.5" 120GB SATA III - This will be the drive you will install the operating system on. You may need a cheap drive adapter to allow it to fit into a 3.5'' drive bay. Here's an inexpensive one. $74
HDD: Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - Here is the drive you will use to keep most of your data. $89
OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM - You need this. It is also eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade when that is released. $99
ODD: LG WH14NS40 - This is a Blu-Ray burner. $59
Wireless NIC: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter - I've used one of these. I prefer plugging an Ethernet cable into the PC whenever possible due to drivers and the usual quirkiness of WiFi. $35
Aftermarket Heat Sink and Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - This has broad compatibility with a number of AMD and Intel sockets. It's large and bulky, but does well with quietly cooling a CPU. $34
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Should be plenty. Be careful with RAM and aftermarket heat sinks. Some RAM includes large heat spreaders which can block installation. $59
Total Cost: $1,210 (The above lists comes from Newegg, shopping around may get you a better price on some components)
Edited by DJBPace07, 13 April 2015 - 09:35 AM.