New build using I5-750 Processor Need help

I am looking at updating my system. I am going to keep my case, hhd, and dvd +/-r. The rest I am replacing. I need some help on what is good for the system, including product reliability and compatability, and that I won't have to do this again for a while.

First I have a:

Cooler Master Centurion 5 - Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=C283-1086
I do want to keep this case, as it is built well with a lot of room for what I need, and is able to fit microATX and ATX factors.


Primary HDD:Seagate ST3250318AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 250GB, 7200, 8MB, SATA-300, NCQ
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=TSD-250AS8%20SY


Secondary HDD:Seagate ST3160215A Barracuda 7200.10 Hard Drive - 160GB, 7200rpm, 2MB, EIDE
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4837441&CatId=134


DVD Floppy:Lite-ON IHAS220-08 SuperAllwrite SATA 20x DVD Burner with Lightscribe OEM - 20x DVD±R Burn, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 48x32x CD-R/RW, Black
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=L12-1166%20OEM

These items will stay in the system.


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This is want I want to get:
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Mobo&processor combo
ASUS P7P55D Pro Motherboard & Intel Core i5 750 Processor Bundle
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5223821&Sku=B69-5010

My first question is: anyone have experience with the new ram clips? They only clip on one side, so I am kind of leary about that.


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Memory/Ram:
Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2x2048MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3642209&Sku=C13-8052

This IS on Asus's QVL


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CPU fan:
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler - Socket LGA 775, AM2, AM2+, 1156, AM3, 1366
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4434989&Sku=C283-1202

On this, some sites say it is for an 1156, some do not show it. I also want to know if it will work with the I5-750, and if it will work on the 1156 platform. Based on reviews I have read, it seems this cooler will do the job, but I sure would like someone to let me know if this is for sure. I would hate to burn this processor up.


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Power Supply:
Cooler Master GX Series 650W Power Supply - ATX, 650-Watts, 80 Plus, 120mm Fan
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5662680&CatId=5432

This is a 650W power supply. I would love to know if this will be enough to handle what I will have. I tried to figure it out, but alas, I must be too stupid, as I can't.


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Video Card:
1)Sparkle SXG210512D2-NM GeForce 210 Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI-Express 2.0, DVI, HDMI, VGA, Low Profile
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5274421&CatId=3585

2)Sparkle SFPX94GT1024U2L GeForce 9400 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, (Dual Link) DVI, HDTV, VGA Support Low Profile
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4465551&CatId=3585

3)Sparkle SFPX94GT1024U2 GeForce 9400 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, DVI, VGA, PCI-Express 2.0
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4138176&CatId=3585

4)Sparkle SFPX95GT512U2HP GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Dual-Link DVI, HDCP Capable, HDTV
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4138175&Sku=S15-9504


I think I prefer #4, as I will not really be doing any gaming, but more photo and video editing, watching movies, basically medium duty media applications such as photoshop, etc.


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Operating System:
I want to go with a 64 bit Windows 7 retail or OEM full install (not upgrade) more than likely home edition.
I don't think I will have compatability issues going with this, but if anyone thinks I will, please inform me.


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Thanks for any help I can get on this. It's slightly over my budget, but i will buy what I can when I can. Thanks folks


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  1. gkay09 said:



    To be honest, I know I don't need it, but I do want it. With it, I shouldn't have to upgrade again for a few years. I also want to get an ASUS mobo, because that is the brand that I prefer. I like the quality and dependability. And no, at this time I have no need for overclocking. I would rather have overkill now, than to have to buy better in the future.
  2. ^ Well its not going to be beneficial at all...by the time you would think of even taking full advantage of it, there will be newer tech for less...
    Never overestimate your usage and requirements...

    And as for the Gigabyte boards, IMO they are as good as the ASUS...
    And the ones that I have linked also will last your for years...
    The PSU can handle any single powerful graphics card maybe except the new GTX 480 costing 500 bucks though...
  3. I appreciate the links, but I am stuck with Asus and the i5
  4. ^ Well its your call though...
    But I can still say that Gigabyte is as good as ASUS and EVGA and better than all the other brands out there..

    Or here is an ASUS board with USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s but doesnt have x8x8 crossfire(which I dont think would matter to you as you will be using a single card at a time)...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620
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