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!

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Total: $1333.

CASE: Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $134.98
bundled with Antec earthwatts EA500 500W CPSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.196841

CPU: Intel Core i7 920: $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail : $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386

MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 : $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145233

CARD READER: LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader: $!0.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820342001

VIDEO CARD: MSI R4670-2D512/D3 Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express : $72.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127415

HP 2159m Black 21.5" 5ms, 3ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176110

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 3: 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140040

HP Black 22X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM SATA 22X Multiformal DVD Writer - Retail: $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140040

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM: $99
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  1. Better case same PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

    Way too much on the RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381
    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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $94.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

    edit...proxy beat me to it.
  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:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article75-page4.html

    Hmm.. turns out they have the same rating.

    It's not on their chart, but the CM Sileo seems decent according to them too:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article946-page1.html

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119192

    No need for paste if there is no OC.
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