Intel i5 / DP55KG Build

Hello build gurus! Thank you for any help you folks can provide.

I am ready to build a desktop system that I primarily want to use for editing large HD video files and perhaps some gaming if I so desire.

My wife helped Intel put together the DP55KG board, so we were given the following that I would like to build a system around for the purposes mentioned above:

CPU: Intel Core i5
MB: Intel DP55KG Extreme Series
Heatsink: Thermalright MUX-120

I will now answer the questions laid out in the forum guidelines.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I figure out what to buy.

Whatever it takes, but not the super-high-end stuff if it will cost me an arm and a leg.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Editing large 1080p HD video files and the ability to get my game on if I so desire. Q: Would it not be able to handle everything else if it can do those things well?

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, DVD/CD burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Well-priced reputable vendors that you guys trust.


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, whatever you like that is compatible.

OVERCLOCKING: If I understand correctly, one of the main features of the board is Turbo Boost which may help with this. Not my strong point, so I'll say "Maybe".

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I do not know what this means. What would you recommend?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I would at least like it to be x 1080, but what do you suggest? I will need a large monitor for video editing. Any outstanding deals on good monitors these days? I have an 37" 1080p HDTV that I could use for gaming, no?

This computer will be in a bedroom where people sleep, so if it is relatively quiet, that would be great.

Here are the things I would like to include, if you have any suggestions:
o As much memory as will benefit me greatest.
o A powerful graphics card that will not break the bank.
o An overly-adequate power supply that will be relatively quiet yet help keep things cool.
o A tower that is not see-though (all those light would keep people awake).
o Fast internal hard drive for system operation
o Large and fast eSata external hard drive for fast access of stored video files
o System 7 sounds like the way to go (yes?). If so, what is the best way to buy it?
o Blue-ray burner?

Thank you!
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  1. Are these dumb questions?
  2. For RAM/Memory, here are two suggestions. One is a 4GB kit, the other is an 8GB kit. If you have the money I recommend the 8GB kit because, unless you plan to upgrade in the next 2 - 3 years, you get more mileage out of the PC. Also, the fact that you're dealing with editing HD footage means that your system could really benefit from the 8GB kit.
    - Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 4GB ( 2 x 2GB ) - URL
    - Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 8GB ( 4 x 2GB ) - URL

    For the internal hard-drive, here are some more suggestions. If you want to splurge, there's the option of Solid State Disk tech. Video editing requires a bit of hard-drive space. HD video editing requires a lot of hard-drive space. If you like the SSD option, go with that as your 'system' drive: install the OS on it, run games and applications from it. Then get a second, spindle hard-drive with massive storage capacity. The advantage of SSD is the phenomenal performance in terms of read & write speeds.
    - Intel G2 or OCZ Vertex series SSDs are great options.
    - Western Digital RE4 2TB will provide you with massive storage capacity but also enterprise-class reliability
    If SSD isn't the path you want to take, here are conventional HDD suggestions.
    - WD VelociRaptor 300GB provides stellar performance. If you want additional storage, check out that 2TB drive I linked above as a second drive.

    Power Supply:
    - Corsair 620HX ($150) - URL

    Video card - several options at different price points:
    - ATI Radeon HD 5870 ($410) - URL
    - ATI Radeon HD 5850 ($310) - URL
    - ATI Radeon HD 4890 ($210) - URL

    BluRay burner:
    - LG ($190) - URL

    - Antec P183 ($140) - URL
    - Lian-Li PC 7F ($130) - URL
    - Antec three hundred ($55) - URL

    Hey that's a start. Hopefully some other people chime in with some help.
  3. Arby, this is really helpful! Thank you!!
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