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1st time builder, help the noob please!

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Hey folks,

I am glad to join your forum, and start reading through everything to learn.

I am looking at possibly building my 1st computer and really would love some advice. I was recommended some parts by a friend, but would like to get more expert opinions.

I really don't play PC games, but rather use my PC for video/photo editing and I am somewhat heavy on multitasking. I do render xbox gameplay videos from a HD capture card. I was looking at buying either a Gateway FX6840-01e, or an Alienware Aurora. But thought I may get more bang for my buck and better quality components by going the self build route. I do want to run dual ~32" monitors with this setup.

So, I have assembled the following components for my first build. any comments or suggestions are dearly appreciated as this is my first go.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601920

Memory:CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Video Card:Palit NE3TS25EFHD02 GeForce GTS 250 E-Green 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Drives:LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Again, any input you could offer would be great. I don't know if I am way off base here, or have the makings of a decent PC. I am looking at around $1370 for all this equipment.

Thanks in advance!
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Not sure what advice you need, but it sounds like one heck of a system you got laid out, to me... :)
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Hi cmtd, and welcome.

That's a nice looking system :)

Make sure you purchase thermal compound as well. It's one of those things that's implied when people make a list of parts, but I always like to make sure.

Nice choice with the PSU - I have the same one and like it. They give you some cable ties with the device which are necessary - the cables are very long.

I think you've covered all your bases - I don't have anything to add. Let us know how the build goes!

Good luck :)
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