I think I'm just going to settle for a Phenom II x4 965, so I decided to get a Radeon graphics card instead of an Nvidia. What are your opinions on the 7770 with a Phenom II x4 965? Should it run well together? Can I play the latest games on high settings with this pair?
The nice thing about the 7770 is you get near identical 6850, for less then that card. It's also the fastest performing card around $100. (Nvidia's 550TI is slower then the 7770.) It won't max out newer games but it can provide some good performance. If it's what the budget allows then don't feel bad about getting it.