Now Options 1 and 2 are the most viable for me, as 3 leaves me with no money left
Which one gives the best bang for buck and is reliable. Mainly used for Mid to High end games, and graphical editing software like Corel. Also does it pay to match MB manufacturers to GPU manufacturers?
PS: I do not over clock and will never over clock so dont tell me what I can do with creative cooling, there is no such thing as cooling in Australia.
The HD 4870 is a lot faster than the 9800GTX, and better bang for the buck at those prices.
The Q8200 is about the same speed as the Q6600, but consumes less (it's 45 nm technology, newer than the 65nm in the Q6600) so get the Q8200 if it's between those two. The Q9400 will beat them both. A Q9550 would be best IMO, if possible.
As for the motherboards, I personally trust Gigabyte more so I'd go with the GA-EP45-UD3. However, the P5Q is good too. Check the features and see which one has all the PCI slots and SATA ports and whatever else you care about.
You don't need DDR2-1066 if you don't overclock. The DDR2-800 will be fine.
Are there any better options for the PSU than CoolerMaster? For example do you guys have Corsair or Seasonic or PC Power & Cooling products there?