yea that is top, but you dont need all that for a gaming rig.
You could keep it simpler and still have a good gaming rig.
Athlon 64 3200 venice
this is a cheap but good processor for normal gaming use. but if you want to go higher than this will suit you just fine:
its an AMD athlon 64 3800 x2. it is a dual core processor .
As for videocard the standard cheap but good videocard is the 6600gt:
but also if you want to go higher this will suit you just fine:
and as for motherbords go. Im AMD their newest socket is 939. so all their new processors will run i a socket 939 motherboard. Some good motherboard brands are DFI, MSI, Abit, Asus, Giga byte, and Biostar is an ok brand too since they came out with their new T Force motherboards. The amin thing in a motherboard is the chipset. Try to get an nvidia chipset. An nforce4.
So all i am trying to say is that you dont need to buy a $1,000 processor and an $800 videocard just to have a good aming rig.
P.S. savagenater, that AMD 4800 isnt the top processor these days. The fx seris is the best, ans this my friend is the "best" processor in th world.AMD athlon 64 fx60:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103608
good luck on building your computer.