Nice config, it will do the trick, just some suggestions:
- i would go for a HD4770 card because of it's GDDR5 memory (+~20-25% performance for extra £20)
- you'll have 2 firewire connectors on the board, no need for extra card.
- i would go for a windows 7 upgrade
- i dont feel so confident with this Spire PSU. i would go for a 85+ certified Corsair, OCZ branded one because of my good experience.
#1. Intel MB's tend to be good stable motherboards, but not good overclockers. I prefer Gigabyte.
#3. Check the Graphics section here for an article on best video cards for the money: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
#4. I am one of those who thinks that DDR3 memory is pretty much wasted with a Core2 CPU.
#4. Kingston generally makes good, but not great, RAM. And get 4 GB - especially for graphics and video editing.
#5. I don't know about the Intel motherboards, but my Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P has one Firewire port on the back panel and a header for a second one on the board itself.
#7. Avoid the .11 drives. Seagate had some nasty firmware problems with some of them. Either go with the newer 7200.12's or Western Digital.
#8. Why two DVD/RW's? And Lite-On? I've had 3 fail within a year (one - mine and two friends' computers). My first choice is Samsung, followed closely by LG.
#9. I'd recommend downloading the 32 and 64 bit versions of Win7 RC1 with the appropriate keys. Free. And you can try both versions. And it will work until next year, when Microsoft expects you to buy which ever version you choose.
#14. Better PSU. Corsair, PC P&C, Antec Earthwatts, Seasonic, Enermax.
I normally do not recommend waiting, but this fall i5 and the P55 motherboards will be here. I do not think that Socket775 is dead, but it's certainly moribund. If you do not desperately need a new computer this instant, I think now is a very good time to wait and see what is going to happen.