Got a 3550 on the way! Along with 2 x 8GB of Patroit memory
Almost pulled the trigger on a 3450S and I'm glad I looked on Intel's site first. The 3450 and 3450S don't have VT-D support which is half of the reason I'm getting this setup. Also decided it wasn't worth it to get the S model since at idle all version of the processor are basically the same. The only thing you're trading off is performance when the CPU is maxed out. http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/31...o-head/?page=5
Now the hard part is finding the right board that has VT-d and at least 1 PCI slot on it.