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ASUS and Gigabyte makes some nice motherboards on the AMD side (intel as well). I really like eVGA if you go with an Intel processor.
Yes, the 5970 would blow the two 5830's together out of the water. Something like the 5870 or above, you will be very happy, with just one.
As for the hard drives, getting something smaller and faster like a 60gb SSD (Solid State Drive) or a 320gb or so Western Digital Cavier black series with 32mb cache as the main hard drive for your Operating System and games, then get something like the Western Digital Green Series 1TB for storage of your pictures, music, etc. Don't worry about how you set that up for now, it's easy and I can show you later.
Get that list to me and we can go from there. And, if I were you, I would look into something like the i7-920, very fast processor... AMD's Phenom II series of processors are very very good for the money so that is a good choice as well, but the i7's and such are faster. It's not all about clock (ghz) speed... other things come into play as well.
P.S. And remember, just try to stay around the money you are wanting to spend, and I'll make suggestions... nothing is set in stone. If you are looking to spend $1500 or so, then you/I will build a very nice computer. I promise.
Edited by Ferrari, 14 September 2010 - 02:36 PM.