PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, hard drive (have a 320 gb sata disk), OS (i already have a copy of windows 7 i haven't used yet)
PARTS PREFERENCE: no preference wrt intel or amd, but i prefere stability over performance when it comes to motherboard decisions. i will not be overclocking.
basically i need a black case (all my peripherals are black) with decent cooling, minimum 550 w psu, motherboard (going with onboard sound), cpu, 4gb memory, a graphics card/configuration that is decent now and is easily upgradeable (probably the most graphic instensive game i have now is dragon age), and an optical drive.
MA maybe included tax and delivery, or did some fancy copy and pasting from another post to end up with that number.
Also, the combo deal on the 650W is gone, but there's another one here with a 750 Antec PSU with that case.
Excluding MIRs that will bring your price to only $613 before tax.
I live in Canada so I won't bother trying to include tax, etc. (And yes I made sure to look at Newegg.com)
Basically, to leave the option of Crossfire open you need to buy a Crossfire enabled board (at least 2 PCIe 2.0 16x slots at least running at 8x/8x), a case that can handle the heat of a second GPU and a PSU that can handle the power load.
With the 5770, any decent case would handle the heat and you'd only need a 650W PSU. The first build is perfectly capable of handling Crossfire down the road.