i suppose you are right on the upgrade path, but when i upgrade processors i want a great mb to accompany that. i chose the new i3 processor from intel because it is right in the middle of price for performance. they are great, and i would rather have a great dual core than a poor quad (athlon 2's, which i have currently) that's just my opinion tho! besides i believe that EVGA has the greatest quality mbs and video cards out there. bar none. so i think going for the build i suggested would give you a better performance. the build that you had a link to has a great processor, but outdated (or soon to be) parts. the other one you posted has the athlon quad isn't very good because i don't like athlon 2's if you're doing to go AMD (which i do recommend, don't get me wrong) then go for the new Phenom 2's. i know budget is huge, so i would think about my build i suggested. again it's my opinion, and this is the build i will get unless someone points me in a better direction! lol.
sorry to keep butting in, but if you want amd, and am3 mb then try the same parts i listed before but use the
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (motherboard)
and the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz processor
both at newegg
well the 9800gt in brett's build is pretty underpowered. your first choice, the 5770, is a great card, and you'll be able to play pretty much any game at 1600x1080 no prob. as far as the i3 is concerned, i think your response says it all really.
the best part of the TH forums are the build-wizards who can make magic out of a newegg shopping cart.
see if you can get one of them to tweak your newegg wishlist build. probably want to get different ram, maybe a cm690 II, maybe go to the x3 435 chip.
Thanks for the responses. Is the core unlocking a guaranteed thing? Also, How would you go about doing something like that? I just wouldn't wanna buy the dual core and then be stuck with that. Also the tri-core might work. Is that unlockable?