yea..sorry about that. Budget around $500. Was wanting to upgrade my CPU and my GPU. Computer used mainly for gaming and internet/school stuff. Was looking for ideas on what would work well together. Wanting to OC some so really wanting to get a black editon CPU. thinking that i may go with a X4 3.4GHz 965. I've looked at the 6000 AMD cards, just thought that it might be overkill for my motherboard
You didn't specify what motherboard you have, you may be limited to which Phenom II CPU you can use. Check mobo compatibility, you may need to update your BIOS. I'd also check out the GTX560 which is due for release in a couple of weeks (@Jan 20th) The GTX460 768 out performs the 5770.
If you're going to get a GTX460, get a 1GB version. The extra memory might not matter that much, but the 256bit buss width probably will (vs. 192bit on the 768MB versions).
This system would run fine on a quality 500W PSU, so unless your "700W" PSU is a Chokemax, you should be ok.
If you think you might regret not holding out for a BD or SB CPU (either of which would require a new mobo and DDR3 RAM), buy only the GPU now, and see how much improvement you get. If you don't care, or that's not in the budget any time soon, then get a CPU if performance is still low. For gaming, you will not be likely to see any benefit from X6 over X4. A 965 would be decent.
I would also second the 6850. I have been looking to upgrade my own computer and from what I can see at 180-230 dollars theya re the best price for the performance. YOu can pay more but you get a diminishing return for what you are putting out to get slightly better graphics performance.
A couple of cards to consider would be the 5850 and the 6850 if you want to stay under $180. Newegg has a special deal going on the XFX 5850 that runs it down to $158 AR plus you get a $15 newegg gift card. You could use that toward any CPU u decide to buy. Remember the 6870 > 5850 > 6850.
Newegg also has 3 6850's at $179, and a Sapphire at $179-$15 rebate = $165.
No clue on your mobo, so it's hard to say what cpu you could invest in.
it looks as though the 6850 slightly edges out the 5850 on their benchmark tests. I had not seen the 5850's that cheap before though etiher, so again you have too look a tthe cost, you may have justs sold me with that post about newegg pricing on the 5850 though.