Please Comment: Cost Effective New Gaming Rig Build

My original intent for this build was gaming but I'm also looking to extend functionality (e.g. HTPC). Thanks to all for your comments!

1. Ruled out mobo with on-board GPU
2. Ruled in mobo with SATA6 and USB3.0
3. Ruled out mobo with Crossfire capability

Here are my questions:
1. Can I get better quality components for around the same cost?
2. If I wanted Crossfire, what AMD mobo should I consider?
3. What would be a comparable Intel build?
4. Though I think SSD is not cost-effectively mature, I put one in on the build. Should I save the money by eliminating SSD?
5. Any cost effective recommendations on HD monitors?

Case + PSU combo ($189.98 - $50 combo - $15 promo = $124.98)
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ( )
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready ( )

CD/DVD Burner ($18.99)
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B ( )

GPU + Memory combo ($239.98 - $20 combo - $35 MIR = $184.98)
OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK ( )
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ( )

CPU + Mobo combo ($260.98 - $25 combo - $10 gift card = $225.98)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor ( )
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard ( )

HDD ($46.96)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

SSD ($133.98 - $35 MIR = $98.98)
ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & IDE/SATA HDD Bracket ( )
Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive ( )

Total ($890.87 - $110 combo/promo - $80 MIR/Gift Card = $700.87)
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  1. Good use of combos.
  2. Scrap the SSD and get a HD 5850.
  3. I agree with mosox, ditch the SSD, wait a year for the price to drop and capacity/speed to increase. I am running 2 HD5770 in crossfire, I got these before the 5850 was released. If I had it to do over again, would go with the 5850.

    You are really looking at 25 second longer boot time, and a few seconds on loading screens in games. My mind wanders for longer than that.
  4. Thanks for the replies. Can someone provide an opinion on price-performance between a Radeon HD 5850 and a GeForce GTX 460? Would the GeForce work with all of the other components in this build?
  5. The mobo has only 1 PCIe16, so yes GTx460 will work just fine, since you won't bother with SLI or XFire.
    I think GTX460 is better in term price/performance than HD5850, but HD5850 is still stronger.
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    Out of the top of my head the 460 is better in price/FPS but the 5850 is more powerful so it will last you longer.

    GIGABYTE GA-890XA-UD3 (crossfire)
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850

  7. I kept the SSD, sold the 5770 and I'm waiting for my Asus VH236H monitor ($158.02 - $20 MIR) and a Palit GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic Platinum ($240 - $30 MIR) to arrive over the next couple of days. After reading through Tom's Hardware forums, I realize that there have been complaints about the Palit 460s ability to stay quiet and cool but I thought the deal was too good to pass up. Including a G15 keyboard and MX518 mouse, my running total on cost is about $1150. Assuming approval on all my MIR, my total build cost should be $1000.
  8. Best answer selected by theR00k.
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