Overclocking: Maybe (in the future when extra speed will be needed)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Is there noticeable difference between i5 3450 and i5 3550? Looking at the benchmarks i5 3550 seems to be almost in pair with i5 3570k, which, unfortunately, is out of my budget. Also, I will consider buying SSD in the future.
Upgrading my current build:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e8400
GPU: Gigabyte gtx 460 256bit 1gb
RAM: DDR2 800 1gb x2
PSU: OCZ ModXstream Pro 700W
HDD: Samsung HD403 LJ ATA device (372GB)
Monitor: Samsung S24A350H 1920x1080
I see your purchase date is August 23. I would highly suggest spending some time on Newegg looking for combo deals and coupon codes. I have saved a bit of money in the past by doing this. You have to be a little flexible at times, but you save and you can also get some better parts for the same price. Here are just some random comments on your build.
1) The 3570K model has an unlocked multiplier and will overclock better. You can still OC a non "k" chip, but you have to increase the bus speed to do so.
2) RAM. There are so many different sticks of RAM, there is always a deal. Here is an example. G. Skill is good and always has something on sale. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3) Hard Drive. I am a fan of the Samsung F3 1TB drive. It is a hair slower than the WD Black drives for much less. They are also very reliable. Look, a coupon code again. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) I am very partial to ASUS motherboards. I have never once had an issue with one. Gigabyte, ASrock, and MSI are also good brands. Gigabyte would be my 2nd choice then ASrock. I know ASrock has really shined lately. Here is an ASUS board I'd consider. I've seen it put with combo's alot lately. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...