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Need help with the final few items of my build...

I have started my first build. I will be primarily using the computer for digital picture editing (lightroom/photoshop). I will not be gaming on this computer.

Products Already Purchased:
Cooler Master CM690II
Windows 7 64bit
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
SAMSUNG Black 22X
Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"
Intel Core i5-750
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB x2

Still need the following....Have some questions before I push the buy button...


Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D-E $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620&cm_re=ASUS_P7P55D-E-_-13-131-620-_-Product

Have seen good and not so good reviews. A bit hesitant on this purchase. The usb 3.0 is a must.


RAM: Not sure on which to purchase..>i will be getting 8 mb
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274


Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit CT2KIT25664BA1339
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262


Graphics Card:

XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150466


HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 512mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161319&Tpk=HIS%20Radeon%20HD%205670%20IceQ%20512mb


Any help with my last few decisions would be great. Thanks!!
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  1. Best answer
    1. You will find that the reviews are like that on most motherboards. No matter what, someone, somewhere, is gonna get one DoA and their gonna review it accordingly. I wouldn't worry about it to be honest. As long as there are mostly positive reviews then I would say you are fine.

    Edit: Hmm...just went and read the reviews...looks like there are just enough negative reviews to warrant not buying that board.
    Check out this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425
    It's cheaper, and seems to have everything you want. USB 3.0 and dual channel DDR3.

    2. I'll leave someone else to answer this question

    3. Get the XFX card. XFX is known for their warranty and customer service.
  2. Mobo?
    Buy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425
    like recommended by djg9205. No need to spend more

    The RAM?
    Take the cheapest G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL7 one.
    DDR3 1600 is faster than DDR3 1333. CL7 is faster than CL9. With heatpread is better than without heatspread. 2 Similar products? Choose the cheapest.

    GPU?
    Both are good. XFX and HIS are on my shopping list. Here, choose the cheaper one.
  3. Thanks for the reply.....started looking at the mobo, one problem is that they don't have IEEE 1394 .....I use firewire on a few externals...
  4. I would go the H55/H57 route, since you are looking for USB 3.0 and IEEE 1394. Here are the four motherboards I would recommend... Newegg Comparison. These provide you the cheapest option for what you need and will work fine with the rest of your system, since you aren't a "gamer".

    I would go with the XFX version myself, as XFX is the better brand, plus you get support for Eyefinity.

    I would go with the G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM, as they are the cheaper and will perform equally well.
  5. Best answer selected by dmacs.
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