Building a computer for the first time

Hi all,

I'm trying to put together a nice computer, mainly to edit videos. Here is what I've come up with so far. Please let me know if you have any comments or see things that I can improve. The prices are mostly from TigerDirect. Let me know if I'm getting ripped off!

--Intel Core i7 920 Processor ($280)
--ASUS P6T SE Motherboard ($190)--I don't need SLI support
--Cooler Master’s Centurion 534 ($39)
--Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply ($60)
--Corsair XMS3 CMX6GX3M3A1333C9 Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048) ($197)--Should I just get 1600MHz memory and overclock? Is it easy to overclock the memory? Will it generate a lot of heat?
--Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G ($59)--I'm going to get two and put them in a RAID stripe configuration and then back up regularly to a 1TB external USB hard drive that I already have.
--ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($160)--Are there certain manufacturers that have better support (e.g. updated drivers) than others? Is having a graphics card that supports DirectX 11 important for reasons other than gaming?
--Lite-On IHAS22406 Internal DVD Writer ($30)
--Windows 7 Professional ($150)

Will I be alright with the stock CPU fan, the graphics card fan, and the case fan if I don't plan on overclocking my CPU?

Any thoughts on video editing software? I was planning on getting Cyberlink Powerdirector 8, but am wondering what Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier can do that Powerdirector cannot.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. First off, you would probably be better off going to newegg unless there is a Microcenter nearby. I would swap that ultra PSU for a corsair PSU and the corsair ram for gskill. Coolermaster makes good cases. For budget builds I personally like the Elite 335. For a budget case it has pretty good airflow. To be honest though, if this is not going to be a gaming build, you could save some money and go with an 1156 build. Platform wise it would be a less expensive option since you can get P55 motherboards cheaper. AFAIK DX11 is only for gaming. If not gaming at all, you can actually go with a cheaper 5650/5670.
  2. You may get more answers if you post in the Homebuilt Forum and fill out the Build Advice form in my signature...

    You'll want the 930 instead of the 920, first off.

    Then, you'll want to switch out that PSU for this one for non-crossfire

    or this one for future crossfire

    Then get some lower latency RAM

    And a Spinpoint F3

    The differences between the different manufacturers are mostly cosmetic - XFX has a double lifetime warranty though.

    Yes, the stock fans are fine if you are not overclocking.
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