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.
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=N82E168... from ASRock. Its decent (and very similar to the 970 Deluxe4 I run), has many features and is still affordable at only 99 bucks.
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.
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.