2 x WESTERN DIGITAL RAPTOR 36GB 10000RPM SATA/150 for RAID 0
SAMSUNG DVD±R/RW/RAM DL 20X SATA BULK BLACK
I already have a WD250GB hard drive to add in the system and
a few other needed peripherals like WiFi, mouse, keyboards, speakerd and a crappy monitor
I am not into PC gaming a lot but I do try some cool games from time to time.
I do transcode video files a lot though and planning to connect the PC with HDMI to the HDTV to see some HD movies.
And I look forward in keeping this system for 2-3 years, maybe more if I am lucky?
So this is what I am thinking but I would like an opinion from an expert, so please let me know what you think!
MrsBytch is correct. It will be great for gaming. Is the 8800GT better? Well, yes. But for video and movies I doubt that you will see any difference between the two. Want better gaming at high resolution. Get only one Raptor, no raid 0, and get a much better video card with the money you save. --> That's just my opinion. <-- And you can certainly upgrade later if you want in any case.
One more thing. It saddens me that you want a "crappy" monitor. The monitor is what you look at all the time. Take care of your eyes. You'll enjoy the video and movies and everything much more.
If i were you i would get one raptor 36gb get the 8800gt (either xfx or asus) no matter what and if by dropping the extra hdd u can get a 6400+ do it. other wise the 5000+ will last u while if u over clock it. maybe until u put some more cash aside for a quad when there out?
If I understand the transcoding video application, it consists of reading one file sequentially, and after transforming it, write it to an output file. If that is the case, you will be best served by using two separate physical drives, without raid. Your input goes on one, your output goes on the other. You would probably be happy with two regular sata drives for this usage, though the raptors would be better.