CPU and Motherboard for 3D capable pc

I want to build a pc that I can play 3D games on. Ive always preferred AMD and am thinking the phenom 2 x4 965 Black Edition. Will this be able to handle 3D games? If so I could use some advice as to a motherboard. Thank You.
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  1. Yeah it will no problem. Its not the fastest or most efficient cpu available, but at the right price its not a bad choice. It overclocks well too. As for motherboards, how about this one- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262 from ASRock. Its decent (and very similar to the 970 Deluxe4 I run), has many features and is still affordable at only 99 bucks.
  2. Um, it might be able to, but Intel is a better route for gaming

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

    You'll want to look more at a higher end GPU for 3D than a CPU though. NVIDIA and ATI/AMD are pretty close in performance, but i like NVIDIA better. I would say nothing lower than a GTX 660 for 3D gaming. However a 660 ti would be much better.
  3. I agree that Intel is better overall. Yeah a 660 is a good card for gaming, but I am guessing he is on a budget. A better budget card would be the 7770 or the 7750, depending on how much he has to spend. Got a budget? We could help you out more if we knew what it was.
  4. Im suggesting my $1000 build. Look in my signature for the $1250 if you have enough

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yksN
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yksN/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yksN/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($364.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $946.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 00:21 EST-0500)
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