Just get 8 gigs (2x4) of 1600 mhz low cas latency ram. Should cost 35-40.
Crucial ballistix sport
Corsair vengeance low profile
All money, overclocking ram doesnt offer any performance benefits to IB.
Also youve got some weird choices on the hardware... your going to want a nicer board an a cpu cooler if your going to overclock, else just get the cheaper 3450.
The 3450 is 139.99, the 3570K is 169.99, but at microcenter, I can get $50 off pretty much any board by going with the 3570K. So it actually cheaper for me to get the better CPU. I don't plan on overclocking right now, but would like the ability later (which I know means getting a better cooler).
As regards boards I thought the ASUS was decenter offers PCI 3.0 (1/16x or 2/8x). This seems comprabale to the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (which would cost me 84.99 instead of 54.99 for the ASUS (after rebate, 74.99, before).
To me it's between these two boards, I thought the ASUS might be comparable. In what ways is it not?
Yes I do plan to upgrade the GPU in time, maybe in a year or so.
I planning on using the DELL to record HDTV, that way I don't have to worry about gaming while TV is recording (which may not be an issue anymore with the upgrade in horsepower, but on my old machine my game and recording performance would drop if I do both at the same time). The original drive in the DELL died and I replaced it with a 1TB 7200RPM.