Ok, I have changed some stuff. I am getting an ati 4870 instead of the 4850, but am still getting the intel e8500. I would like to OC my proc close to 4 Ghz and don't want to spend too much on this rig. My budget has to stay close to $1000. The card and proc are gonna run me $500, so I have around $500 more to get a hardrive, case, psu, ram, dvd drive, and mobo.. I don't want to spend that much but also don't want to skimp on a motherboard because it is really important overall.
Also, if I did not want crossfire, what are my choices for motherboards? Is the price difference worth it? And will I be able to pair up this card with the new 4870X2 card if I have a crossfire motherboard.