[Gaming] Help with a new Midrange System

Alright, I'm a bit new here, but I've been doing a fair amount of research. I'm looking to build a nice gaming rig with a price point of around 1000-1200. I've already got a few parts picked out that I'm set on, but I need advice on the other parts to complete the computer.

The parts I've picked so far are:

PC P&C Silencer 750 Watt PSU (Already purchased since it was on a really nice sale)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Cooler (Getting the retention bracket as well)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003&Tpk=Xigmatek%20HDT-S1283

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

Intel Core2Duo E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

Corsair XMS2 DHX 4 GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194

Rest of the parts are up for suggestions. Any of the above listed parts are open to change if you can give me a better alternative. Trying to keep the price fairly reasonable, but still able to play most modern games without issues at a higher resolution. I intend to crossfire another 4870 into the system at a later time. Suggestions would be great!
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  1. As an update, the Antec 900 just went on sale on Newegg, so I'm picking the case up. From what I understand, it should be adequate for my needs.
  2. As to the other parts... well, sounds like a P45 board will work just fine. The most recent benchmarks show little difference between the P45 crossfire and the X48, and the P45 is generally considered the best overclocker, a more important consideration.

    Gigabyte UD3P would be one, ASUS P5Q-E would be another.

    The Sapphire 4850X2 just dropped down to $300.00... I have always liked that price point for a video card.
  3. Proximon said:
    As to the other parts... well, sounds like a P45 board will work just fine. The most recent benchmarks show little difference between the P45 crossfire and the X48, and the P45 is generally considered the best overclocker, a more important consideration.

    Gigabyte UD3P would be one, ASUS P5Q-E would be another.

    The Sapphire 4850X2 just dropped down to $300.00... I have always liked that price point for a video card.



    I had another question. What do you think of Dual Core vs. Quad Core? (in the context of gaming). The Q6600 is about the same price as the E8400 right now.
  4. It's something you have to decide for yourself. If you have a look at my guide linked in my sig, you'll see a section near the top talking about dual vs. quad and giving some idea about pairing the type of user to the type of CPU.

    If you do get a Q6600, you'll need to overclock it a bit at least.
  5. Which motherboard in particular would you recommend?
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