I would not invest in the upgrade to a 640 GB OS disk. While $ 29 is peanuts, you will not use more than 50 - 60 GB on the OS disk, so I consider it a waste. In addition, a 320 disk runs cooler and quieter.
True, a Velociraptor is faster, but at a premium of $ 160 or $ 240, I would prefer to have 2 or 3 Spinpoint F3 1 TB disks to add to the system, or WD Caviar Blacks. Adding 2 or 3 of those disks will give you better performance than a fast boot disk during PS and editing.
You may have to look at the PSU. 750 W is marginal. I would rather have some safety margin and go for a 850 W version.
If you click on the Overview tab at the top of the Hardware forum, there is a drop down list with articles that may be worth reading.
Thank you both for the feed back. Based on pricing and my end decision to go with a Falcon Northwest Talon I did switch to a P55 based system. I realize there is less room for expansion but honestly by the time I out grow this I'll be ready to start over any how.
Here's what I plan to order Monday unless any one has any other input. I do appreciate the help. Harm if your travels ever take you through Detroit please do drop a line. I'd be happy to buy a libation of your choice. It's the very least I could do as I've found your efforts in the forum quite valuable.
750 Watt Modular
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Core i7 875K 2.93GHz
Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
16GB (4x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3
GeForce GTX 470 (1280MB)
WD Caviar Black SATA 2 500GB - 7200RPM
Hard Drives 2 and 3
WD Caviar black SATA 3 1TB - 7200RPM
22x DVD Writer
Internal Media Reader
64-Bit Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium
falcon NW? ouch
if you are buying from a system builder you should at least be buying from one who supports Adobe and specializes in Video editing systems
also for that kind of money you can get on an X58 platform not P55.
the X58 is more robust with much better memory bandwidth, something CS5 needs
As I noted It's a hobby for me. Whether or not a computer builder supports Adobe or builds video editing machines is not a factor in my build. I neither need or want a dedicated video editing machine. Those that do build dedicated editing machines use a lot of the same components so I see little difference other than semantics between a gaming PC and one capable of editing video as long as we are actually using GPU's and not dedicated graphics cards.
I would venture a guess that just about every maker out there believes their product is the best and that they have the best service. Some may be slightly more obtuse about it than others but in the end as a consumer what I have to consider is how a maker presents them self and their product. As far as cost every system I have priced from several makers has fallen in the same range +/- $100.