I7 specs, <$1500, advice on all components?

Looking for advice or suggestions on all components below (revised from previous post), for first-time build.

-Budget is around $1400 including monitor (no keyboard/speakers needed).
-Using for Video and audio editing, regular office work like spreadsheets, email, etc, lots of multitasking, no gaming
-No overclocking
-buying this weekend from Newegg.com

Specific questions:
-Was taken by the glossy monitor - bad choice? Room has no backlight, fortunately. Any other suggestions here?
-Thermal paste important?
-enough power - and good PSU? (500W)
-was thinking about loading Windows 7 RC instead of Vista, but really need to get Photohop/Adobe PRemiere/etc up and running quickly. Would 7 be too glitchy?
-any other suggestions?

Thank you!


Total: $1333.

CASE: Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $134.98
bundled with Antec earthwatts EA500 500W CPSU:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920: $279.99

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail : $209.99

MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 : $219.99

CARD READER: LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader: $!0.99

VIDEO CARD: MSI R4670-2D512/D3 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express : $72.99

HP 2159m Black 21.5" 5ms, 3ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor: $189.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 3: 89.99


HP Black 22X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM SATA 22X Multiformal DVD Writer - Retail: $24.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM: $99
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  1. Better case same PSU:

    Way too much on the RAM
    I doubt very much you need more than 6GB, but if so just order two of these kits.

    Caviar Black would be the better drive

    All the other choices are good.
  2. Nice build :)

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  3. Quote:
    Better case same PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129024

    Thanks for the advice so far. Maybe 12GB is overkill. (:

    Just curious why the Sonata over the Solo? I've read that the Solo is quieter - somewhat important to me.

    Any other advice is much appreciated.

    Also, will I expect to need thermal compound?
  4. Quote:
    I've read that the Solo is quieter - somewhat important to me.

    That's news to me, I find it highly unlikely that I could ever be wrong :)

    Well, let's see what the experts say:

    Hmm.. turns out they have the same rating.

    It's not on their chart, but the CM Sileo seems decent according to them too:


    No need for paste if there is no OC.
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