SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Virtualization, Videos
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (alternative suggestions welcome)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Northwest U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I do a bit of software development for embedded systems and using the .net 4.0 framework. I'd like to use vmware or virtualbox to run ubuntu and OS X on my windows 7 desktop (I don't know much about virtualization yet, but I've heard some good things). I usually use pricewatch.com to find parts.
My biggest concerns are with compatibility and power usage (and if i decide to add another gpu). I'd like a reliable system that can run games at close to high settings (which shouldn't be too bad at my resolution). I've considered buying two hd 5770's in crossfire, as well as a few other motherboards (with usb 3.0 controllers). I have mentioned this desktop will be used for gaming and some software development and testing.
I'm also not 100% sure on part clearance for this mobo. Thanks in advance for the help!
If you're going to get an 890FX motherboard, may I suggest that you get one that has both USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s? Additionally, I don't believe that any of the 890FX motherboards support SLI, so you'll probably want to go with the 5770.
The 850W PSU is overkill for even 2x 5770. 650-750W will be more than enough.