$700 new build for photo/video

It's been a while since I did my last build, so I would appreciate any suggestions you guys might have. Here is what I have so far

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 to 2 month – but flexible
BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800 Before Rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo editing, HD video playback , surfing the internet, slight gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, though I do have a Fry's and Microcenter nearby.

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel core i5, mid-tower.

OVERCLOCKING: Not important, but possibly down the line once i get better familiar with it, but even still it wouldn't be anything hardcore. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1600x1200 but 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 down the line.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a quiet PC (low power as a side benefit - i live in TX so i don't need an extra heater). I use lightroom/photoshop mostly. Media wise I'm looking for x264 playback and connectivity to TV. Don't do much gaming, or at least not the latest at the highest settings/res, except for playing Starcraft 2. I will get windows 7 with my student discount.
I currently don't use the additional expansion slots, and don't see that changing in the future except for getting USB3.0 or maybe a tv-tuner (but that's very uncertain).

These are the components I currently have in mind:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

NOTE: I would also like the best option going forward for incorporating SATA 6Gbps and USB3.0, be it on the motherboard or via a PCIe card if possible. Another option is to get the cheaper MB, and upgrade just that in the future?
Also, given the recent problems with the FOXCONN socket, should I wait or pay the premium now for the newer models - which some also have SATA3 built in. The concern is not because I will be overclocking it but rather any unknown long-term effects. My current build has lasted 5years without a hitch - wouldn't mind getting the same out of this one.

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D

NOTE: I think I'd seen a special for $80 but it was slower memory.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Video Card:
EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
From what I gather, a lower end but decent card should suffice?

PS: Antec Sonata III, includes Earthwatts 500W PSU.
at Fry's for $120.

Windows 7 - $34.

Remote control: Mobile Air Mouse. $6

Total: approx $710 (with the UD2 Gigabyte MB)
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    Get this HDD faster and bigger for only $10, there is also a 500gb version for 55
    Save $35 dollars and go to microcenter for the i5
    1333 ram is fine, you wont notice a difference, what matters is the latency CAS 7 is good
  2. Huh, I didn't see the i5, just the i7 860 when I checked MC. thanks.

    The reason why I chose the WD HD is because I have generally had good luck with them. The times when I tried Hitachi or Seagate, they were short lived - 1-2yrs. But I'll look into the Samsung drive as that is a very good price.

    So would this one from Crucial which runs slower but has lower CAS be worth the trade off?
  3. The reason i say not to get the WD is because its a green and is SLOW if you have to have a WD get a Black, but its gonna cost you quite a bit more. The spinpoint f3 currently is the best HDD on the market. It is the fastest and has the best price/performance ratio.
  4. I forgot to include a new DVD burner -

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL2MB Cache SATA

    And regarding the HDD I had been wondering if I wouldn't miss the performance gains by getting a quieter lower power Green Caviar drive, at least from what I had read elsewhere - however, I was surprised to find this comparison which pretty much answered my concern. Granted the Green Caviar used was a 2TB instead of a 500GB or 1TB.,2430-11.html
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