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For ram, read http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1089842
I edit AVCHD with an older i7 930 and 3 hard drives (home video only http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694 so not a lot of effects) and I have both found, and read, that AVCHD is CPU intensive, not so much data throughput intensive... so raid is not really needed
If you will edit other video that requires a higher data flow rate, you will need raid
Since I don't do raid, and only have 3 hard drives, I am happy with an 850w PS... if you plan to add more drives inside the case, you MIGHT want to consider a larger power supply
For advance planning, use the Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version has more options) to determine your power supply needs
Thanks, I appreciate the info, especialy on the RAM. And you would think back in the old days of computing when 286/386's ruled, adding memory is almost a no-brainer. Now you have to almost take a tech class to make sure you get the correct memory for the application.
I'm undecided on the RAID right now so I most likely won't worry about it at this time. If it comes down the line where it will warrant a need for it then I will investigate it then.
>Coolermaster HAF 922
I took a quick look at that case... do buy a 200mm fan for the "optional" side mounting, to blow cooling air onto the ram
This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 is a good single fan cooler... unless you have already selected something else
I do not overclock when I build, so have no information on water cooling
I will consider getting a side case fan....the 922 has plenty of room so that addition will do well to keep the temps nice and cool.
I've never overclocked before either but have thought about trying it when I get the 3930K....but I will do some reading and find some videos to ensure I do it correctly. Intel has a closed liquid based CPU cooler that I may look into, plus has a neat appearance in the case.