New Build - Need Advice Before I spend $

I've taken some great advice from this forum. Based on that, I've tried to build a replacement system, but re-using my case, power supply (600W), fans, monitors (2 Samsung monitors), keyboard, and mouse. I was going to use on-board sound in case there were questions on that.

Main question: Am I forgetting something that will make this system not work?

Secondary question: Am I wildly overspending? I was going for fast, but reliable. I put my last system together in 2007 and other than the previously discussed RAID issues, I haven't had to touch it. That's what I need for this next system.

Final question:
32 bit Windows 7 or 64 bit? I'm installing MS Office. I have a copy of Dreamweaver for XP that I will be reinstalling as well as many games and other smaller apps.

I was planning on using the XP emulator in Windows 7. Will it matter if I'm running that from Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 7 32 bit?

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    Since you want 16GB of RAM you HAVE to have 64 bit. 32 bit allows you to have only 3.2GB's of RAM or somewhere around there. Your overspending on your RAM. GO with 8GB.
  2. GTX 650 is meh, I think you'll be disappointed. This Sapphire Radeon 7770 1gb would be a better choice for same price after rebate. You're also forgetting about an Optical Drive.

    Edit: Theirs no need for a Z77 motherboard with a CPU that won't overclock.

  3. I'm re-using my optical drive. I appreciate the advice about the mb. I'm not into overclocking. I just want speed and reliability. With that in mind, what cpu and mb would you recommend?
  4. If you want cheap, no thrills no frills with SATA3 & 16gb memory support, the Asrock B75M-GL mobo is good for a micro atx. Or if you don't like the small mobo's then you could go with a Asrock Fatality P67 which was recommended by Tom's.

    Edit: IMO, 16gb is overkill. you could save some $$, drop down to G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 for $35 and step up your GPU or CPU.
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