Need Advice on Developer and Designer PC

Hello all, I continue to see advice and articles for building Gaming PC's, whether it be a Budget Box or an Extreme Box. But, I never get to read online on building a box for Web Development or Graphic Design or Best Productivity, Etc. I am a multimedia developer with the jist of my work being in web development and graphic design. I often use several memory hungry programs for 8 - 12 hours a day and currently it slows my PC way down. My Graphic Design Programs and Java Based Programs take a minute or more to load.

I was thinking two 640GB Caviar Blacks Raid 0 and a 1TB Caviar Black with an external sata HDD Case. I have a lot of music and a great deal of movies as well. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Buying Parts Here and There with hope to have all parts by October.
BUDGET RANGE: $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web Application Development, Web/Print/Multimedia Design, Movies, Music,
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: reliable sites with inexpensive price
OVERCLOCKING: If beneficial, Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If beneficial, Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2 x 1920x1080

PARTS ALREADY PURCHASED:
1.) Cordless Desktop LX310 Laser Mouse and Keyboard ($19.99 + s&h)
2.) Black Pioneer 20X SATA DVR-DVR-216DBK ($25.99 + s&h)
3.) Antec LifeStyle Solo Chassis ($84.97)
4.) Intel Core I7 920 Boxed ($199.99)
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  1. As long as you back up your work frequently I suppose you can RAID 0. I doubt that's going to be a real big hindrance though.

    Once Vista/Win 7 has your programs indexed they'll load fast enough. You just need 12GB of RAM and a solid video card, sounds like.

    You have your processor all picked out, so it's a bit late to go with a true workstation board and a couple Xeons.

    Really, there is no sense spending $1500 at this point. Getting a nicer case might be a good idea. Something quiet.
    Maybe an SSD instead of the RAID.

    Gigabyte UD4P
    Solid MB
    Corsair 12GB kit

    Cosmos S case
    Quiet, big, etc.
    Corsair 650TX
    Quiet. Maybe a bit overkill on the wattage but it will handle whatever you need it for in the future.

    Noctua CPU cooler
    It's big and very efficient and quiet. A bit pricey.

    Corsair 128GB SSD

    Sapphire 4670 1GB

    That's about it. You'll want that Single Caviar Black internally of course, and an external one.

    Here's an enclosure:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817347017

    This enclosure is probably better as it's actively cooled. Just no firewire:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371008
  2. OK, so after everything it's around $1500 after all :p
  3. Here are two other X58 Mobo's you should look at, The P6T is basically like the Gigabyte UDP4 and the P6T Deluxe v2 has Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, plus 16+2 phase power.

    ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $289.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

    Here is another SSD you should check out.
    G.SKILL FALCON FM-25S2S-128GBF1 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk - Retail $314.00 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231256

    Get 2 kits of these 6gb(3x2gb) Cas 7 Ram.
    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) OCZ3P1600LV6GK $114.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

    For $10.00 more I would go with this PSU.
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Get either of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=26022

    If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
    Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=24727

    One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/07/23/intel_core_i7_heatsink_roundup_q309/5

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound.
    Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608008

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004

    Subtotal of parts above using the Asus P6T Dlx v2 and CoGage True Spirit, CPU Cooler and before MIR and shipping costs is: $852.95
    MIR is $20.00

    Total after MIR rebate and before shipping costs is now $832.95

    Thats not adding a backup HDD, Case, Graphic Card and also the 2 Monitors.

    Now here are some Monitors you should look at.
    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $159.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009163

    SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen $209.99 ($189.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001317

    Optional Case that will work.
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    Storage (Backup) HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $74.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Graphic Cards you should look at.
    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $144.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394

    EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit $189.99 ($159.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

    Using these additional parts above with the 2 ACER monitors added in, the price will be.
    With XFX Graphic card = $1462.90
    With Evga Graphic card = $1477.90


    Also this Link might be an interest to you when deciding on which Graphic card.
    http://www.beforedark.co.uk/cms/reviews/14-drivers/135-nvidia-whql-18208-quadro-release-analysis

    Hope this helped you out some more.
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