Please help and review! non-gamer I5-750 build


BUDGET RANGE: The cheaper the better, if possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Editing raw images, photoshop, converting dvds to iphone format and surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor and speakers.

PARTS REQUIRED: Case and Video card. (For Photoshop and a non TN screen in the future.)


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: or what ever site has the best price.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer intel, specifically i5-750.



I decided to increase my budget and build my girlfriend a pc that will last (I think) her sometime. I'm really close to pulling the trigger. But, before I commit, I would really appreciate some feed back.

I'm hoping to build a fast, quiet and stable pc for my girlfriend. My girlfriend is a novice photographer. She currently owns a 2 year old Dell. The "thing" is so bog-down with background applications that it reminds me of a ps1. When ever I try to use her pc to surf the web, I end up walking away frustated and using my iphone instead. So, it's very important that I build a pc capable of handling Norton Virus and the 50 or so background applications she is bound to install.

Here are the items I selected:

EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - White - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

I have a few questions. Is the psu overkill? I will be reusing her dvd drive and 3 other hard drives. I may over clock the cpu, but not anytime soon. I will also be adding a
video card. Regarding windows 7 OEM, if I plan to format her drive down the line, will I encounter issues?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. That's a pretty good looking build. For the Hard Drive, look to see if the Samsung Spinpoint F3's are back in stock. They are very fast and a little cheaper.

    No, the PSU is not overkill. It is a decent choice however. I have two of them and they seem to work decently well.

    Check to see if a MicroCenter is near you and if they still have the i5 in stock for $149.99 (+ Tax).
  2. Thanks for taking a look, EXT64. I wish there was a microcenter near me. I would save a lot of money undoubtedly. The psu caught my eye since it's modular. It's good to know it's serving you well.

    Do you think I should downgrade the videocard? Or is it just right for her needs. I doubt she will ever want to play a pc game.
  3. It looks OK, though I do not know much about that exact model (I've been using ATI recently). But since the cooler is pretty small it is probably not too much of a power hog. That said, you probably could go lower ,but I don't think it will save you much (cost wise).
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