Thanks a ton! I have a friend that goes to school in Cambridge Mass, which has a MicroCetner, and he comes home for the weekends. I had him pick up the i5-3570k + Asrock Z77 Extreme4 that you suggested from MicroCenter. I bought 2x8g ram from Newegg and finished the build a few hours ago. Now I just have to wait on a deal on a video card. With the new SSD drive, this thing is just unbelievably fast.
Thanks so much for your help!