Building Video Editing Workstation

Hi all,
I hope I can get a bit of help with putting together a new editing/media workstation... to be honest, I'm not 100% sure on the compatibility with these parts... which is why I hope to get some solid answers/advice.
The station will be using many programs from Creative Suite 4 - Prem, PS, Dreamweaver, AE and so on...
I will be editing in HD most likely using cineform..

Here are my basic ideas on hardware... I have done some research into parts but i don't want to go out buying things if they wont match the other parts.

Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 (plans to overclock)
Memory: OCZ Platinum 12GB DDR3-1600
GPU: GeForce GTX 260+ (216SP) Overclocked, PCI-E 2.0, 896MB DDR3
Boot Drive: SuperTalent UltraDrive ME 128GB 2.5
Storage Drive: 2x1TB Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM (?? )
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Case: Antec 1200
Cooler: prolimatech megahalem
Optical Drive: ?
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro 850w

Ok... first of all... I already have a spare Antec 1200 case and Quattro 850w PSU.. which is why I have listed those. If they would be a problem please let me know what a suitable alternative would be...

I am interested in overclocking the i7 920 which is why I have chosen the megahalem cooler.. will this work well with the Asus P6T v2 MoBo? If not, what would be a good MoBo to go for?

I have read some good things about OCZ Platinum sticks on here... so I take it they would be a good way to go..

Is the SuperTalent SSD a decent choice for the boot drive?

As for Storage Drives.. well.. a RAID setup would be ideal and I'd want a minimum of 2TB although to be honest I've never dealt with a RAID setup before and am unsure what a good setup would be for the system I am building... and help with this would be appreciated.

Would the cooling be adequate for this system or would I need to replace stock fans? If so, what fans should I look at getting?

Sorry for all the questions, but.. I do need some answers!
I would be looking to buy parts in the coming week as I have a lot of free time to do this..
Any help you can all give me is greatly appreciated.
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  1. I would go with the Dark Knight CPU cooler or the Scythe Mugen cooler. They are very well priced coolers for how well they perform.

    Platinums are some of the most recommend RAMs on here for i7 builds. I would go with them although they did go up in price a bit on newegg

    The motherboard is a tough choice but i would go with a Gigabyte UD4P if you have a local microcenter. They have a nice discount and the tech guy there told me that they literally had almost a zero percent return rate on those boards because of how solid they are. He also told me the ASUS P6T deluxe had a high return rate for dead parts on it. Hope that helped.

    Microcenter also has the i7 920 for $200 which is another amazing deal if you have one around you.

    For the HDD's I would go with either 2 WD Caviar Black HDD's in raid or 2 of the spinpoints. Either way you couldn't go wrong. I would personally take the WD's though.
    Also skip the SSD for now the prices should be coming down pretty soon, so I would add it later once they do. The new intel ones should be on the market soon and they will be less expensive.

    The antec 1200 is one of the best cooling cases on the market.

    Hope I answered a few of your questions so good luck.
  2. Lets see if I can help you.

    Get his Mobo/CPU Combo and save $25.00.
    1. ASUS P6T Deluxe V2: $289.99 Free Shipping*

    2. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz BX80601920: $279.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$25.00
    Combo Price: $544.98

    You can get the Ram below cheaper at then what it is now at NewEgg by over $30.00
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

    I am interested in overclocking the i7 920 which is why I have chosen the megahalem cooler.. will this work well with the Asus P6T v2 MoBo? If not, what would be a good MoBo to go for?

    Get one of these CPU HSF Coolers', since you have to buy the fan separate for the megahalem cooler.
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

    Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99

    CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
    (it is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it)

    If you go with the CoGage, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket over the Push-Pin one that comes with the Cooler.
    Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95

    If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
    Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95

    One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.

    Opitcal Drive
    DVD Burner
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B $29.99

    LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail $124.99 Free Shipping*

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound.
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $4.99

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

    Hope this helps you out some.. :wahoo:
  3. thanks for all the input so far everyone... I'm getting closer to ordering parts.
    Even had a look at some water cooling forums to see what that would offer.

    I'm looking at pretty much the same build as my original... cept, I will skip the SSD for the moment.
    Also, I'll be going with the Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme.

    Does the Ultra120 come with fans? are they good?
    I see a lot of people using Scythe 120mm slipstream or Ultra Kaze fans with the ultra 120.. what is a good choice?
    Will a single fan work well or is it better to go for the push/pull effect?
    Also... what rpm is best? does it matter?

    I guess the main question too is... will the Ultra120 with fans get in the way of the memory slots?
    Because I want the whole 12gig on the board...

    Hope someone can get back to me soon with the answers to these questions..
  4. Yes the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme comes with Fan Bracket and Fan. It also comes with mounting hardware. No it will not block the ram slots, I am using it now with dual fans and with Corsair Dominators ram. If you are planning to go the Push/Pull you will have to buy 2nd Fan Bracket and fam separately, links are below.

    Thermalright Ultra120 Series Fan holder $5.99

    Thermalright Whisper Quiet FDB 120mm Case Fan - Medium High Speed 1600 RPM - Sleeved $14.99
    (Noise Level: 28 dB/A)

    Alternate Fan choices.
    Yate Loon 120mm Medium Speed Silent Case Fan - D12SM-12 - Sleeved $6.95
    ( a pair of these are cheaper then the Thermalright above, but a little bit louder Noise, tolerable 40 dB(A) each)

    Scythe "SLIP STREAM" 120mm Case Fan" 1600 rpm Quiet Case Fan - High Speed - Sleeved $9.95
    (33.00 dBA and a pair cost about $5.00 more then the Thermalright fan)

    SCYTHE S-FLEX™ "F" 120mm 1600 rpm Quiet Fan - Sleeved $16.95
    (Fan Noise 28.0 dBA, but a pair would be double the cost of the Thermalright fan)

    Also you can use a Y-Splitter cable to connect both fans to cpu fan connection or connect one to it and the other to case fan connector. But if you want both connected to the cpu fan connection then get either one of these below. I have both my cpu fans connected that way.
    3-Pin Y-Adapter Cable 12" Sleeved $4.95

    3-Pin Y-Adapter Cable 4" Sleeved $3.95
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