Need help/advice on 3k-3.5k gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: December for 21st/ Christmas present

Budget Range: 3k-3.5k Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING to less trivial thing of little importance.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No
Yes, but will decide after I find out desktop specifications now and I am aware prices will slightly drop by Early December when I begin to purchase and order the parts.

Parts to Upgrade: Whole new gear my current computer is 5-6 years old

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parts Preferences: Well known and used brands

Overclocking: Yes, but not sure just how much

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Not quite sure probably around a 24" monitor because i have a panasonic viera tv on my desk right next to the monitor and would like to have a tv/console only and a gaming monitor only however I've heard of a cable that links the computer and tv screen together so i can watch files on the tv not requiring an external HDD which has issues of playing certain files/file sizes on the tv.

Additional Comments: I think the current best OS is windows 7 64 bit for my purposes however I've seen discussion of windows 8 is coming out soon/ already out perhaps? My build I've researched into having so far is built specifically to be a little future proof ( room for an extra graphics card and PSU has a little room for another one however I think everything is looking quite decent, it's just the main issue of the RAM kit I am a little mind dazzled and would like to hear thoughts on my preferred build and what ram would best suit it and remain with the future build approach for games in the coming years and their system requirements. So is there anything I should change or wait for if new tech is being released betwen now and around the end of the year!


Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice!
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