The board that you have is a socket 1156 while the processor is a socket 1155. Most likely if you are going to be using the Intel® Core™ I5 2500 you are going to be looking for a good P67 chipset based board. I would upgrade to the Intel Core I5 2500K to pick up the ability to overclock to give you more reach into the future for a small cost difference. About the only other thing that I can see in your build is the value of adding an SSD as a boot drive. Take a look at the Intel SSD 320 80GB drive for use as a boot drive.
Thank you for id'ing the incompatability in the board vs processor; I'm afraid there's just so many things to keep straight.
regarding the SSD for the boot device, is that strictly for the OS? Would the 1 TB raid simply be for the data (Music, Video Business File) content? Do you have any recommendation on correcting the MB (with 16 GB capable)?
There are plenty of combo deals available on Newegg. If u find a combo that best fits ur needs u save a few bucks and can be spent on other parts.
SSDs are generally used for OS.
Very frequently used applications can also be installed on SSDs for improved performance of those apps (or games). Definitely get an SSD for OS if u have enough money left or it can be added at a later time.
You honestly don't need 16GB of RAM, that's just overkill. 8GB is already Future-proofed as X86 makes 4GB the standard because 32-bit OS's hold us back. So just drop the 16 for just 8 and save 100$.
The PSU, that thing isn't going to run your system AT ALL. Don't cheap out on a power supply, it'll bite you in the end.
RAID 0 IS NOT a way of securing your data, but a way of speeding up read/write times. RAID 1 MAY be what you want as it puts the data on all the HDD's in the RAID 1. So say you have the OS on one F3, the OS would again write itself on the OTHER F3. So you have the data on both HDDs.
THIS however is in NO way to secure data. You should be looking at just getting 2 F3's however 1 running as your main drive and another as backup. Not running it in RAID.
So You should just drop the RAID card, the Motherboard can handle it by itself.
Highly not recommending the 560 Ti for your 25" monitor. It's a solid card, but just at high resolutions it just doesn't compare to the 6950 2GB. The 560 Ti is good for low resolutions (1680x1050) but at high resolutions the 6950 wins out (1920x1080 or larger [2560x1200]).
Well he doesn't need the 750w but it was only $10 more than the 650w so why not?
He wants 16gb of ram because he does audio and video editing and more ram is helpful for those tasks.
He doesn't need a raid card but if he wants one he can, its only like 30 bucks.
16GB of ram makes 0 difference when you have 8GB already. Though more ram is better, even I don't make use of the full 4GB I have when I'm heavily doing PTGui Panoramas or HDR's with Photoshop/Photomatix. It's not going to benefit at all especially with ripping vinyl because that's going to come down to how fast the drive is (DVD/CD or whatever you're using to rip the vinyl. Memory will be beneficial only in the creation process and sometimes in editing. It is more CPU than memory.
Why not get a 550w? He doesn't even need a 650w w/ light gaming.
First I gotta say THANK YOU to all who provided input. I've got to digest all the feedback and will report back in a few days; but some comments:
Given the "relative low cost of memory, I see no real reason to not max out at 16GB" Any negative impacts (besides a little more $$?).
600W PSU seems reasonable; I messed up with the original 380W.
I do not understand the issue around RAID and the motherboard. Can the MB do a RAID set up for Data Security w/o an additional card? I was under the impression, perhaps mis-quided that a RAID setup would allow for one HDD to fail, replace it, and then reboot with no loss of data. I plan to do backups but I have LOST data due to a failed HDD.
Finally: I am confused over the GPU recommendation. Can someone clarify and recommend a GPU or 2. I could go with a lower cost one initially and if I do get into gaming, then upgrade?
600w is more than reasonable, you'd only need 500w really for your system. As for RAID, no the Motherboard can handle a RAID setup, it's just up to how many HDDs, I haven't messed with and read to much on RAID (I don't plan on using anything more than a 2 HDD RAID 0), but I can guarantee a motherboard can at least run a RAID 1 configuration with 3 HDDs. Yes that is correct RAID 1 can do that, but it shouldn't be the only thing you do. It is good to have backups, which is what you're doing.
I'm not sure you need to be spending $250+ on your graphics card for light gaming. You can get a 6870 for about $200. That will play every game at 1900x1080 with faily high settings. You won't be able to turn on all the eye candy in every game but you'll get playable frame rates for the foreseeable future.
What you should really do, and I know I'm changing my own reccomendation, is get a motherboard with two PCIe x16 slots. That way, if you ever need more power than the 6870, you can buy another and crossfire them. That will give you good bang for your buck right now, and leave an upgrade path if you decide to get into gaming later.