alright, everyone, you've convinced me to look into the X4 965. Also, based on the toms hardware build you're recommending, the intel G850. Would you go with the X4 over the intel chip?
Also, at this level, should i even bother getting a 2gb 7850 GPU, or is 1gb fine? Would there even be any performance increase with 2gb?
Thanks everyone for your replies, this is very helpful!
I doubt you'd see much performance difference with the 1GB unless you were running higher resolutions than 1080p.
The Intel dual core pentiums are actually pretty good performers for gaming. However I can't speak much of overclocking ability.
On the other hand, the AMD quads would be better at multitasking and highly threaded applications. They come with an unlocked multiplier, so if you wished to overclock its very easy to add some speed for free. You could easily hit 3.6Ghz with no additional voltage. A small increase can easily get you to 3.8 usually.
Its 2012, I can't see any reason to run a dual core machine unless its mobile.
Some people will be sure to disagree with me, but I say go ahead and get the X4 955. You can then afford to get a better motherboard with better components. I have yet to have a $50 motherboard last more than 3 years. I've built plenty of machines that utilize inexpensive parts, but if you want something reliable I find it doesn't pay to skimp in this area.
So power supplies and mobos, don't skimp. Get the cheaper 1GB video card.