Hi, I've decided on some components for my system build. It will be used for video editing/encoding, multimedia work (including Maya), photo editing and graphic design.
I know it is not perfect but will get me started for now and what I can afford. I am a full time photojournalist and it will be used for projects I freelance on the side.
Processor: Core i7-960 $589.99
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 $288.99
Memory: Corsair Dominator 12GB (6 x 2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 $250.00
Graphics Card: Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 $368.28
System Drive: Intel 80GB Solid State Drive $223.25
Storage Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM $99.00
DVD burner: Lite-on SATA 22x $20.00
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $109.00
Power Supply: Corsair TX Series 750W $109.00
I could save some money on it by waiting on the Solid State System Drive and dropping the processor to a 920. This is a production machine so I don't intend to overclock it.
In a few months (when I save more money and projects increase) I plan to add a blu-ray burner and another couple hard drives in a RAID config...