The total for this is 986 including shipping which really irks me so if you guys know of anything to bring the price down, please let me know. Also this is the first computer I have ever built. I am coming off of a HP Laptop and want to make sure I am doing every thing right. Thanks if you guys can help
Since you are leaving the option open to Crossfire, I would look at an ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI 890 (GX or FX) motherboard or look at the 790X motherboard, which are at a great price but don't have USB 3.0 or SATA 6.0Gb/s support (not necessary right now though)
I mean you want an AM3 motherboard with the 890 chipset be it either the 890GX or 890FX. I listed ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI as they are the "best three" for AMD. The combo deal I listed would work nicely for your but if you are wanting the X4 945, you can choose your own motherboard to fit your needs.