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February 25, 2011 1:55:44 AM

Hello, I am new to this community and to building PC. This is my first one.I bought some parts and now I need to buy motherboard and hard drive.My knowledge is limited and like most of us I like to buy the best for the price. Main use of this computer will be photography with PS CS5 and Lightroom 3
The list of parts I bought all ready:
Case Antec 300
CPU i5-760
Graphic card MSI N450GTS
Memory Corsair 2x4GB XMS 3
Power Supply OCZ 700W
Here is the list of motherboards and HD I found but have problem to choose from:
1. ASUS P7P55D-E- LGA 1156 - Intel P55 – DDRSB 3.0 SATA6 GB/s - ATX
2.GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
3.Gigabyte LGA1156 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard GA-P55-USB3
4. Gigabyte LGA1156 4DDR3-2200 CrossFireX/GBE/Raid/SATA3/USB3.0/7.1-CH ATX Motherboard GA-P55A-UD3
Hard Drive
1. Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive (WD1002FAEX)
2. Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATAII WD1001FALS
3. Samsung1 TB Spinpoint7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
4. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA3.0GB/s
5.SAMSUNG SpinpointF3 HD502HJ500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA3.0Gb/s
6.Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive
I would like to have 2 HD one 500GB or smaller for OS and applications second 1 TB storage/data. Any suggestions are welcome.

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February 25, 2011 1:59:47 AM

I've been reading for weeks planning a build. I don't have the experience; but I keep reading over and over that spinpoints are good storage drives. A little faster than some. I'll leave the better advice to those that are better/more experienced.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2011 2:00:18 AM

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB easily. Cheap efficent, fast and large size. 60$ off Newegg.

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But of your choices, the 2nd one or 3rd one are cheapest and should be sufficient. Choice 2 and choice 3 are the same thing.
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February 25, 2011 2:09:48 AM

My budget for motherboard is up to $150. I thought that choice #1 is the best.
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February 25, 2011 2:17:16 AM

I know that this has become a cliche, but what about waiting a month or two for Sandy Bridge. As much as I like the i5-760 (I have one myself), an i5-2500 will totally beat out the i5-760 at the same price. If you're adventurous you could shell out an extra $20 and get the i5-2500K and you can overclock that puppy to about 4.5GHz.

Obviously because of the issues Intel has with the Sandy Bridge chipsets you'll have to wait until mid-March to early-April until motherboards with the fixed chipsets apprear back on the market.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2011 2:23:15 AM

^ Agreed.

Although if he can still return his stuff. Then he should wait for SB again.

As for OP: No just because it is more expensive doesn't mean your going to use its full potential and whatnot. As you said, from your usage, the mobo I suggested or the UD3's are good enough. You don't need to spend so much on a board.

In fact the board I suggested offers just as good performance with 16x/4x like the UD3. Don't you want to save money to put towards peripherals or other components like ram and such?
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February 25, 2011 12:46:48 PM

Thanks for comment re motherboard, I made budget but I am very happy if I can buy good part for less. About CPU, it happened that Sandy Bridge was released two weeks after I received i5-760.Still can not decide if I like to change to Sandy Bridge. I am not heavy user, and this is my first build. Nothing new in electronics, you buy today and tomorrow it is obsolete. Any suggestions re hard drive?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2011 5:35:19 PM

The hard drive is fine, you can leave the F3 alone. But if you can return just your motherboard and CPU. Then you'll find much better performance at about the same price. The 2500K is onpar with the i7 950 in most cases and 60$ less. So you'd save 60$ and still get a secret i7 in a sense.

i5 2500K vs i7 950 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=100

i5 2500K vs i5 760 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=191

If you don't overclock, the i5 2400 would be fine, even that kills the i7's and it's the same price as the 760 currently.
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March 7, 2011 11:52:06 AM

Best answer selected by fazia.
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