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Try to exchange the 3 x 2GB sticks for 3 x 4 GB and the SSD for a conventional disk. That should leave you with some $$ for extra disks.
Will you notice the difference between an AMD and an i7-960? Definitely. the i7 is nearly 3 times faster.
SSD's will only make a difference in your wallet, not in performance.
Thank you for the reply Harm, unfortunately I've been caught up in the ssd hype and I already own a drive. I suppose quicker boot times will be a nice albeit a costly luxury. More memory would always be welcome, it depends on cost though. The switch to i7 has already thrown my original budget out the window.
Overal it seems a good start though? The upgraded psu seems to be common recommendation, I think 750 will give me plenty of options for the future. Any thoughts on the GTS450? Better than bog standard but will take adavantage of MPE was my thinking.
Overall it seems like good components and the GTS 450 is a nice card too. Not overkill and the consequence it that your PSU is OK too. Had you opted for a more capable card like the 480/580, you might have needed to go for the 850W PSU version.