You need to thoroughly read Harm's Tweakers Page on out PPBM7 web site.
What media are you going to be editing?
If you want the latest and greatest (longest life cycle) there will be a new generation of high end CPU's and chipsets introduced by Intel, I have heard, this mid-September. It is the Haswell-E CPU and the X99 chipset.
The CPU will be available in 6-cores and 8-core versions. While tending towards expensive a low end version of this new generation would be a great long-term investment. The low-end Hasewell-E CPU chip is the i7-5820K has a pre-order price of $426.
The DDR4 memory will (at least initially) will be more expensive but is much faster and again will be around for a long time whereas the current DDR3 will start becoming obsolete. You can possibly start out with minimal memory (DDR4 is now available in 4, 8, and 16 GB modules) at least the 8 GB size so you have the option to easily add more memory as you get into more complex processing.
Get yourself a small (128 GB) good SSD for your OS/Applications and at least one other good SSD plus a large hard drive as a good starting point. Good SSD's have great write rates like the Crucial M550 and the Samsung 840 Pro.
The new X99 chipset motherboards offer great expansion capabilities with many more PCIe lanes than the current quad core CPU motherboards so your options for future upgrades are wide open. Many new X99 motherboards will have an M.2 connector on the motherboard and/or SATA Express connectors which are great advances in the new higher performance SSD's that remove the bandwidth limitations of SATA 6Gb/s. In the not to distant future we are talking (very expensive) SSD's the will have up to 3000 MB/sec read speed!
1st, thank you very much for your quick response.
I read through PPBM some before I posted and then I went back and read some more after your reply.
I will be adding heavy CG to either stock footage or footage that I shoot myself. Lots of animations, lots of SFX. I'll be producing 2-3 minute videos.
As for time frame, I can't wait until September for the new stuff to come out. I need to get back in the saddle now. School has been out for a month, I haven't done anything to further my skills and I'm getting lazy. I understand the concept of SSD vs HDD and understand exactly why I would need both. DDR4 memory seems to be the way to go so I will consider it an investment and will go with at least 8GB modules.
Can you recommend a MB, chip and video card(s)?
Looking at the "Low End Warrior" setup. Do you think I need the Raid?