Brog, you are gonna get a lot of advice here. My advice would be to take that 3 grand and buy a donor bike and start from there. I'm doing a ground up build and it is a LONG TERM build. I did it because I knew that I had like years to do this project. If you wanna get something to chop, get a donor and have it hardtailed. Build from a titled bike and you will save yourself a ton of cash. There are a lot of bikes out there. Good Luck!