ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm going to pick up an i7-930 from a local Microcenter store. I'm going to reuse my current 8800GTX until I can get my hands on a GTX480.
I know it's a lot of memory. I'm going to be using a RAMDisk (at least 4GB), and its not uncommon for me to have two or three virtual PC's up and running while developing software (almost always an SQL server, and a couple of client machines).
The case is a full size Thermaltake Armor series, and a 650watt PSU, toughpower I think, although not sure.
I forgot to mention that I have a Samsung F3 1TB drive that's going in as well.
I do intend to use the X25's in RAID 0. I know I lose the TRIM functionality, but it's my understanding that Intel is working on a firmware/driver fix??? Anyone confirm or deny? At any rate I hear there is a tool I can run manually that will have a similar effect as TRIM but will work with RAID.
Switch that CPU cooler for the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus. It's a lot cheaper, and the Hyper 212 is easily one of the best HSF on the market.
I would personally get a 128 GB SSD instead of two 80 GB ones in RAID 0. RAID 0 is pretty much as waste in my book, as it doubles the chances that you lose everything on the drive to a minor glitch.
If your PSU is a Thermaltake, I would highly recommend picking up a new PSU. Thermaltake doesn't make very good quality units, and if you want to power a huge GPU and SLI later, you will need more than 650W. I recommend either the OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold or Corsair 750W 80+. With the above changes, you can afford either with your budget.
I will look into the PSU. It has held up well with and OC'ed Athlon X2 4400+ 939, and the 8800GTX (use to be two 6600GT's).
I picked the CPU cooler based on the list over at http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm. Honestly I didn't put too much thought into the CPU cooler. I will OC a bit, but nothing extreme (3.7-3.9). The Tuniq also looks a bit cooler IMO.
Are you suggesting the Corsair over the Intel SSD's? I couldn't find that model on the 2009 SSD list here on Toms. The listed speeds on Newegg seem higher, but I wonder about real world numbers.
I understand the risk of RAID 0. I am coming from a pair of Raptor 74GB. I have automated backups. With such high MTFB of SSDs I thought it would be less risky.
If you're not trying for a huge OC, I wouldn't spend anything more than the $30ish for the Hyper 212.
As for the Corsair over the Intel, I'm suggesting it if you aren't going to go with a RAID. As for not being on Tom's list yet, it takes a while for the newer models to show up there. The Nova is under a month old (I think).