BUDGET RANGE: 800 not including parts not required
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching videos on connected TV
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case and psu: antec 300 illusion + antec ea 750W
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa
PARTS PREFERENCES: amd sounds like the way to go
OVERCLOCKING: not at the outset, maybe later
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: i think i would like crossfire for an upgrade path
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 currently, 1080p in a few months hopefully
(1) I've read that the 440 Rana would not bottleneck 5850s in crossfire, is there a point to getting a more powerful processor for primarily a gaming rig if this is indeed so?
(2) Please help me choose a good motherboard for a later crossfire upgrade path. the ASRock seems like a good deal but comments on many ASRock boards makes it seem like they are DOA half the time, I'd rather pay a little more to avoid the DOA mobo experience.
(3) From what I've read trying to SLI with AMD is probably not a good idea, so I'm thinking I'd rather try and catch a deal on a 5850 than search for an AMD SLI mobo for potential pair of 460s, am I wrong on this?