Guidance and Advice Needed. Thank you!

Hi guys,

I am planning to get the following, your inputs and suggestions are needed.

Before I list the parts, here are my usage of this system:
1) Playing movies, output to my 32inch monitor
2) Surfing internet, listening to music, photo editing and word processing
3) Playing some games such as F1 2010, HAWX 2
4) I am NOT planning to OC

My budget is around USD$1000

Motherboard + Processor
Asus P7P55D-E LX P55 USB3.0/SATA3 + Intel i5 760

Hard Disk
Western Digital 500GB 32MB (Caviar Black)

Memory
PC3 12800/1600 Kingston HyperX CL7 (4Gb Kit)

Graphic Card
Asus ENGTX 460 Directcu TOP 1GB

PSU
CoolerMaster GX550W Single Rail

Internal DVD
Sony 880S 24x DvD+-RW (SATA)

Casing
CMaster Centurion 5 II


A few questions:

1) Asus P7P55D-E LX P55 USB3.0/SATA3 vs Gigabyte P55A-UD3 USB3.0/ SATA 3, which is better?

2) If I need Firewire, should I get Asus P7P55D-E P55 USB3.0/SATA 3 instead?

3) OCZ 12800/1600 DDR3 CL7 vs PC3 12800/1600 Kingston HyperX CL7? And what is the difference between CL7 and CL9?

4) There are 3 GTX 460 brand I have in mind, Asus ENGTX 460 Directcu TOP 1GB, MSI N460GTX Hawk 1GB DDR5, and Palit GTX460 Sonic Platinum 1GB GDDR5. I understand from Tom's Hardware that Palit got good price to performance ratio, but the warranty is shorter than others. Do you think using the ASUS GTX460 would be a better choice?

5) CoolerMaster GX550W Single Rail vs OCZ Z-Series 550W? Is 550W enough for my system, or should I go for a higher voltage such as CM Silent PRO Gold 600W?

6) Do I need to get a discreet sound card such Asustek Xonar Essence STX PCI-E since I use my PC to listen to music as well.

Thanks you very much for taking time to read my post. :D

Regards,
Mr James
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  1. 1) Asus, but both are good
    3) CL=case latency. lower the better
    4) MSI>Asus>Palit
    5) should be enough. may want to go higher for futureproofing
    6) dedicated sound cards are not necessary. most motherboards have built in sound cards already which sound great
  2. Thank you very much.

    But was just wondering why Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum was less favorable? Warranty issue?

    If I decided to change my graphic card to HD5850, will that be a wiser choice?
  3. Depending on when you buying ati should gate some new hardware out in a week or 2.the gx series is crap get the ocz or antec tpn or eco units
  4. Depending on when you buying ati should gate some new hardware out in a week or 2.the gx series is crap get the ocz or antec tpn or eco units
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