Core i7 Video Editing Build


Dec 9, 2008
I enjoy video editing SD and would like to begin editing HD in the future. I also enjoy photo editing and building slideshows to burn on DVDs. I do this solely as a hobby and I find my Dell XPS system P4 3GHz, 2 GB Ram, Radeon X850 XT is soooo slow.

My time is more important to me than paying a little more (not a lot more) to get a faster machine. I have wanted to build a new system for almost a year now and I am about ready to take the plunge. I am seriously considering the following:

1) Core i7 920

2) Noctua NH-U12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler (I have heard the manufacturer can provide a mounting clip to fit the Core i7)

3) Asus P6T Deluxe

4) Corsair Dominator 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

5) SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5


7) 2 - Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD7500AYYS (Raid 0 for Capture and Render - I have other SATA for backup, pics, documents, etc that I plan to use as Non Raid)

8) 1 - WD VelociRaptor 300 GIG (O/S Drive & Program Drive)

9) Samsung 245T Monitor

10) LG Electronics GGW-H20L (Blu-Ray, DVD writer)

11) Either a Silverstone TJ10-B or a Cooler Master ATCS 840 (recommendations?)

I plan to run Vista 64 and Windows XP Pro in a dual boot.

I have tried to ensure the components are compatible but this is my 1st build and I would welcome the insight from those who are more knowledgeable with building systems. I also plan to purchase an additional DVD/CD writer, media card reader, and possibly fan controller if necessary but I have not decided yet what to use. I also have a drive caddy that I already own and will use primarily use as a backup system.

Is there anything I am missing that would yield much better results?

Do you see any problems with what I am considering or compatibility issues?

Thanks in advance,



Jan 3, 2007
Your build looks really good. I too work in video editing and have built alot of computers for the company i work for. I only have one suggestion. You should look at getting more hard drives for your raid array... If you are working with SD (hopefully HD soon) HD speed will be your most limiting factor in the speed of your system. Your processor is really fast but nobody will tell you that the max speed of a 2 drive raid array won't be able to keep up if your are reading & exporting to the same drive, especially if you are working with some uncompressed graphics or exporting an uncompressed to the HD. You can't really go wrong with more drives.
One of the systems i use has a 5 drive raid 0. I know guys are going to say well that is really dangerous, and its true. But if you do alot of editing you are already making nightly backups.
Hope that helps


Oct 21, 2008
good build. I was thinking how transfer rates between your drives might be improved if you used 2x separate hdd instead of linking them in raid... The reasoning is that you transfer faster from one drive to another (less seek time) so if you are dead set on raids, might as well go for 2x2 + 2x2 (all velociraptors for 2x 600gig arrays). A cheaper solution is to go straight for 2x single 1tb drives.
The drive you linked is out of stock. Here are a few to consider:

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $84.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $129.99