How can I make my system better without raising the cost?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: $900-$950

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

This is what I have so far:

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Combo:
SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.310962

Combo:
OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.313757
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  1. Optical: There's a Samsung SATA DVD burner for $21. Get that and save $16 bucks once you count shipping.

    Case: Get an Antec 300 Illusion. It's smaller, but still really good and about $55 cheaper after shipping.

    Other than that, nothing besides checking for more combos.
  2. Your build already won't work well for your stated use. You say you want to do Crossfire, but you have picked a motherboard that runs its second PCI-E slot at 4x and a POS PSU that will most likely blow up just powering a single 5850.

    That POS PSU should be the first thing to go, even though it's essentially free with the combo. A quality PSU is the key to a stable system. That PSU is anything but a quality unit. I would use this GPU/OS combo instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.298043 $384.98 (Sapphire 5850 + 64-bit Windows 7 combo)

    This is a nice motherboard that would work for Crossfire:

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $109.99 - $15 MIR

    Those components raise the price, so you'll probably have to go with a cheaper case or something. The Antec Two Hundred is a very nice case for the price.

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99 - $10 MIR

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $89.99 - $20 MIR
  3. Bump.....thanx for the advice fellas....does anyone else have any advice for me before I put my order in.

    Thanks alot.
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