+1^ Agreed, Do you know if the programs you are using will support the AMD 6 core CPU?
You may be better off with a higher GHz CPU for the task you are performing. Althought you could just as well OC any of the two 6 cores from AMD to reach the clock speeds of the 955 or 965.
Thanks jbakerlent for the warm welcome. My budget is probably around $750 to $1000. I know it's a bit of a large range, but if I go for Athlon X3 440, I can make the $750 budget; whereas if I go for X6 or 955, it goes toward the $1000 range. As for help with other parts, I was able to get useful info from this forum and here are the parts I am thinking:
cpu/mobo - ???
gpu - HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
ram - OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
psu - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
optical - Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
heatsink - coolmaster 212
case - antec 900
I thought about getting G.Skill ram, but there was a combo for OCZ so I took that instead. Is that a good choice?
Back to the cpu/mobo, so you are suggesting to go with x4 955 with 890 mobo, instead of the asus board?