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New i7 rig advice - first time build

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June 11, 2009 5:27:37 PM

Hi,

Building a i7 machine, would like advice on the components selected. Thanks.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: audio, video, and photo editing (Protools, Premiere, Photoshop), movies, the then regular background apps like Outlook, itunes, etc. Usually have many programs going at once. No gaming needs.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: maybe -- haven't really looked into it. probably won't overclock.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet system is preferable, hence the case selection....


LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model OEM
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16
LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders
Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
bundled with: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0


Some questions -
is the PSU enough?
advice on the video card? (no gaming needed, but movies and video editing)
do i need thermal compound?
will I need to get cables for OEM drives?

Thank you.

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June 11, 2009 6:15:30 PM

PSU is enough, and swap the 9500GT for a 4670 512MB unless you need CUDA, then you'll want a GTS 250 or above.

then swap the dvd burner for a SATA one. You might also want a quiet heatsink as well, look at Noctua heatsinks for that purpose.
June 11, 2009 6:26:48 PM

Great, thanks. So, I'm a noob -- is a heatsink needed in this system?
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June 11, 2009 6:42:52 PM

^ well, yeah, otherwise your processor would die. And you also said quiet which is a hard task with i7 processors as for good temps you need a very good cooler and so far only a few heatsinks have mastered this, some of these being from noctua.
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