New i7 rig advice - first time build


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


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.


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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  1. 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.
  2. Great, thanks. So, I'm a noob -- is a heatsink needed in this system?
  3. ^ 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.
  4. Thanks. Thoughts on this video card as a replacement from the 9500?

    MSI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express
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