New $1100 developer/Programmer machine. Review & sugestions requested

Hello everybody,

I have been trying to build a new developer machine. Suggestions and opinions requested.

Approximate purchase date:Next two weeks

System usage : Programming

Typical softwares that will be running all the time: Java, Eclipse IDE, Dreamweaver 5.5, Firefox, Chrome with 5 to 6 tabs each, Filezilla, Outlook, Cobian backup 10, Skype, Bit Defender total security 2012, Freemind, Adobe reader, Mysql workbench, Dropbox, Evernote, Windows media player, apache, mysql

Budget : Around $1100

Parts not required: OS, Optical drive, Keyboard and Mouse

Preferred website(s) for parts: doesn't matter, I live outside the US. Will be buying from a local store.

Country: India

Parts preference: Intel

Overclocking: Not sure

SLI or crossfire: Not sure

Monitor resolution: 2 x 1920x1080

Additional comments: This machine is going to be a developer machine . Will be used solely for development. No gaming. Movies/Videos watching - sometimes

Questions : 1. Overclocking - Z77 or H77. Should I go for a overclocking processor, mobo or a non overclocking one, given my needs? I will be spending long hours on code. I want the machine to be absolutely stable and not conk off suddenly due to overclocking. I do want this machine to run around 5 years if possible, before I replace it with a new one.

2. RAM - Should I go for 8 gb memory or 16 gb. Currently I am leaning for 8gb as I am running the same software's on a 1 year old system with core i5 2500k, Asus P8P67 and most of the time the memmory is at 35%?

Processor : Intel core i5 3550 3.3 Ghz
Motherboard : ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Graphics card: No idea. Suggestions requested.
Primary Hard Drive (SSD): Corsair Force Series GS Red 240GB
Secondary hard drive: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
Cabinet: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower Cabinet
Fans: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition CO-9050009-WW 140mm Case Fan and
COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 mm

Note: Primary HDD will be used for dual booting (Windows 8/Ubuntu) and running the Eclipse and other programs

Thank you for looking into my specs.
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  1. if it is for just developing then an i7 can do wonders for Multithread, but it is pretty pricey so i would opt for an AMD FX 83**, it has 8 cores and could compare to an i7 3770k in multi thread applications.

    no need for WD black, just get Seagate 2TB HDD for $70 and get this SSD instead

    cheaper and just the same performance
  2. @boulbox. Thanks for the HDD and SSD tips. Haven't looked into AMD mobos. Will go through them.
  3. a nice budget one is FX 83** series for programming
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