Using Artic Silver 5 thermal paste for the cpu, stock sink and fan. I'm not planning to OC it.
I'm unsure about the ram though. The board knocks the speed down to 8500 if more then two sticks are used, so I'm unsure if I should get 2x4GB of 10700 or 4x4GB of 8500. 4GB is the max supported amount per stick for the board.
As for the video card, someone might be able to find a better one. I was getting the Zotac since it included a vga/dvi adapter but I've decided to buy a new monitor to replace my current CRT. (Old, heavy, and bulky it is, but it lasted longer then my previous LCD. It's 14 years old, and from a junkyard. I pulled it from a junkyard five years ago to replace my lcd - purchased new - that died after two years.)
Looks to be a viable upgrade option, normally I might suggest unlocking the 4th core of your CPU but I doubt HP has that option.
As far as ram goes, I think 16GB is overkill for most uses currently, I'd get the 1600MHz and run 2 modules for 8GB total.
For what it's worth
I know what you mean about TD's site. Annoying, but then I find most sites annoying anymore when I think of the descriptive value of the newegg site - kinda spoils ya. Here's what I've come to do, either use PC part picker http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/ if I know what part I want or have a general idea. (great site for complete systems builds IMO) If shopping from scratch, newegg is used, once a part nuber is found, I search it at TD - I don't think they're on PCPartPicker. It's a round-about kind of way of doing things but seems to work for me.
You should be fine with those parts but you might save some if you're willing to shop from multiple vendors using the PCPartPicker link
For what it's worth
Looks like Newegg does have the Asus card I wanted. I just disreguarded it because of the 1 star rating on it. (One review, person gave a 1 star because the description didn't say how many digital and analog outputs it had.) Given just what the rating was for, and my past experience with Asus, I'll get it from Newegg instead. It's a bit cheaper.
I'm going to get a Seagate Barracuda instead of the WD Black. It's got good ratings, and if it craps out I'll have extra drives I could use till I get a new one.
So with the savings from the drive I could get a higher clocked processor and a aftermarket heatsink.
Looks like Newegg does have the Asus card I wanted. I just disreguarded it because of the 1 star rating on it. (One review, person gave a 1 star because the description didn't say how many digital and analog outputs it had.)
...and couldn't bother to figure it out from the pictures either, love those reviews