Mosox: Beer is a good suggestion, I will keep that in mind if I have some left over cash
mjmjpfaff: By the end of the year, I probably will get a new gpu.But this money is for now. so if I did, it would be a 6xxx. Most likely a 6950. Faster RAM is a good suggestion though, and maybe bumping it up to 12GB for when I have a few VM' open.
geofelt:I too am leaning towards the second monitor. I don't really NEED another 40" screen though. lol So I was thinking about maybe a 19-22" monitor. I would like one that can rotate so I can have it in portriat mode.
The inner geek in me really wants to throw an SSD in my rig though. I've had my eye on the Agility 3 120 GB
On the SSD, I would look at the Intel 320 80 or 160gb.
They are priced right, and I don't think you can tell in actual usage which ssd is better. They are all good. I have had both the Intel 510 120gb, and the X25-m 160gb. not much real difference.
There is a lot of marketing hype based on sequential benchmarks which are mostly irrelevant to normal desktop usage.
Don't get faster ram. The nehalem and sandy cpu's have excellent ram controllers. They can keep the cpu fed with data from any speed or latency ram.
Actual performance of applications or FPS may improve by 1-3%. Not worth it to me.
Synthetic benchmarks will shine, but that is not what we do. Fancy heat spreaders are hype also.