Review a photo/video editing build i7-920 with raid 0 for os

I am building a PC mostly for photo editing and some video work. I need fast performance editing large quantities of high resolution photos using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I also use Adobe Premier for basic video editing. No gaming. I want to keep the system under $2000. This is what I have so far. Any advice would be helpful. Not sure about overclocking, but if I learn about it some more it seems like extra speed would be good to have.


Thermaltake Element VK60001N2Z S Mid Tower Pro Series All-Black Interior Cold-Rolled Steel Computer Case

Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU BX80601920

Foxconn BloodRage GTI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

2 X for 12gb total Ram - OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz Intel Extreme Edition XMP Ready Series 6GB Triple Channel Kits Optimized for X58

SilverStone SST-ST60F 600W ATX12V/EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

2 X Drives to create Raid 0 for OS/program/cache - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Data storage - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr 1G GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long

LG Electronics GH22NP20 22X IDE SecurDisc DVD+/-RW Internal Drive with Software - Bulk (Black)

802.11N 300 Mbps Pci Adapter Card

Logitech Wireless Desktop MK 300

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full - Retail
(for $100 less I was thinking about the builder version as I would guess windows would stay with this system when I upgrade to my next computer in a couple years. any asuggestions?)


I already have 2 x 750gb and 1tb external hard drives for data back-up and storage. I have one 24" HD monitor and need to get one more, so I am guessing the video card needs two DVI ports.

How is this build? any advice? I am at $2000 right now and it seems expensive for a home build. I can get almost the exact computer from HP for about $1600 with full support and warrantee (I just don't know the exact motherboard/hard drive brand/PSU, etc.) So, I would really like to build a PC but, I was hoping for some cost benefit.
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  1. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardaer forum.

    You don't need an i7 for your needs. With an AMD build is enough.

    CPU $ 159,99 Phenom II X4 955
    MOBO $ 178,99 ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
    RAM $ 108,99 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333
    GPU $ 179,99 5770
    HDD $ 89,99 Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Combo PSU+CASE $ 139,98 Antec 300 + Antec 550W

    Total: $ 727,95 + MIR + SHIPPING
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