Cal175

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Hey all, this post is going to be pretty vague, i've been looking around at parts for a new computer for a few weeks now, but i keep seeing new things etc etc and really can't decide 100% on ANY parts.
I'm gonna list several products and see what you all say.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP really. Don't mind waiting a few weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Don't want to go over £700. The lower the better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multitasking, web browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, monitor, mouse + keyboard.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer, SCAN, Microdirect, Overclockers.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor. Definately looking at getting a ATI radeon 4870/4890. I'd like to avoid using Asus motherboards... but if there's an awesome one that's ok.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably (at a later date)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a mid-range - high build. Would really like to have the option to OC in the future. I'm not playing state of the are games right now, so we don't have to go mad on the GFX card, but i do want something good. Another thing, the processor doesn't have to be a quad core. I'm prepared to go with a dual core if it's worth waiting for a quad core (a few months/year).
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Parts i've been looking at (prepare to be spammed).

PCU
Intel CPU Core 2 Quad Q9400 Quad Core 2.66GHz 1333FSB LGA7756MB cache (£148.99)
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/37980

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad Core CPU 2.83GHz L2 Cache 12MB 1333MHz LGA775 (£170.19)
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Product/37897

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.66GHz 12MB-cache (1333FSB) Processor - OEM (£148.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-215-IN

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.83GHz 12MB-cache (1333FSB) Processor - Retail (171.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-203-IN

I was pretty set on the Q9550, until i saw the Q9450 for £149 ... any input about this? Been considering getting a cheapish dual core just to last a while until some of the quads come down in price..(Core 2 duo E7400 @ 2.80ghz)

Motherboard
Asus P5N-D nForce 750i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (£86.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-265-AS

Asus P5Q Pro Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (£104.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-280-AS

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3P Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (£93.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-128-GI

Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 Intel X48 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (Down to £99.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-119-GI

Graphics Card
I'm almost certain I want to get a ATI Radeon 4870 1GB, then get another for Crossfire in a few months.
I could be talked in to going for a 4890 however.... The nvidia 285 gtx doesn't seem as good ..or the 295 if we're considering price? (might be wrong about this, don't have the notes i made with me).

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (£116.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-120-XF

XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (£149.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-124-XF


Now, I really don't know what RAM to get, any suggestions for that would be greatly appreciated. Also i'm open to suggestions on the cooling + case if anybody wants to throw in a few ideas. One of my friends wants me to get a Coolermaster case that's over £100...seems a bit much to spend on a case. £60ish would be great.

Thanks to everybody in advance.