EDIT: This topic is still wide-open for discussion but I wound up going with an i5 3470 because Intel's better and it costs less to fix my car than I thought it would. Also I don't want to OC so I didn't bump it up to a 3570K. I have also completely replaced the below list with what I wound up with if you're interested./EDIT
I'm looking at building a PC soon. I've got the money now, and I've been looking at parts; the only wrench that can be thrown in this is if care tires and axles cost too much.
Anyway, I'm looking to build a machine on the low end of "mid-range" for now, but I want to make sure the processor and motherboard can last me for a while. I already know that AMD's do not hold up to Intel's, but my main question here is "is the performance difference between the two really worth the price difference"? This price difference is pretty big. If I had my way with things, an i5 3570K would be the place to go, but before I hop onto that processor I want to know if anyone has had any really bad experiences with AMD recently, or if the price leap from, say, this to the aforementioned i5 3570K is really worth it?
(On the topic of the graphics card, I am fine with medium settings for now but I plan on leaping up to an HD 7950 next year)