Budget wont allow for raptors or ssd, so this seems like the best option.
Optical Drive : LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM - £18.99
Total - £826.09
System will be used for gaming (1280x1024 atm, by xmas should be upgrading to 1920x1080, at which point i'll add a second 4870 for crossfire), audio editing/recording, video editing/encoding and general use.
The noctua is just as expensive as the megahalem with 2 fans, and apparantly doesn't perform as well. Not sure if i want to lose the raid-0 performance for the sake of £10. All important data will be backed up, so stability isn't too big of an issue.
I can't seem to find cheap 4770's anywhere, ~£80. I can find 4850's for £65, although two of these would push the price beyond what i want to spend really. Surely the 58xx cards will cost a bomb for the first few months?