After looking over some suggestions here, I'm close to finalizing my build.
This machine is intended for some fairly intensive realtime video work.
I'd like input on the following areas:
Would I see any real gain from spending more in this area? Performance here is pretty key, but my understanding is that I wouldn't see significant gains by going SSD (and it would be far more expensive).
If I could see significant perfomance gains, I could bump this area up to the $300-400 range. I'd also consider an alternate brand of drives, I've had good experiences with the caviar blacks in the past.
I'm definitely going with 12gb, is there a brand that I could get cheaper that would offer similar or better performance?
Any other suggestions for economizing are welcome, I'd prefer to stick with a modular power supply, and like the Hanns G monitors quite a bit, (I have another already).
I'm dropping the 5870 in favor of a 5850 for a few reasons: Will fit better in the case (I actually like my existing 900, mainly for the little shelf where I put my keys), and I think the 5850 is powerful enough for any gaming I'll do.