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I'm not too familiar with those boards, mostly because I prefer Intel chipsets over nVidia. I'd probably go for one with an x38 or x48 chipset myself, something in the P5E lineup.
For the GPU, that's a tougher call. Currently, the GPU has little affect on rendering and playback performance. That might change with CS4, Adobe having said it will take better advantage of the GPU, but not going into detail about how or to what degree.
What Adobe has said is that CS4 will take advantage of the SSE4 instruction set, which was specifically designed for video processing. I'd expect to see pretty decent rendering improvements using that feature (somewhere in the double-digit percentage range). But those instructions are only available on the newer 45nm CPU models, the Yorkfield and Wolfdale processors. Whether or not that improvement will be worth the price increase is an individual decision.
Thanks for your help Jim! I will look into some of those recommendations.
If you were going for eight cores what would you go with? CPU and Motherboard? I used to be up on these things but it has been awhile and by the sound of things you keep current with technology.
To get 8 cores, you'd need a server motherboard. Those I'm really not up on at all. Harm can give you better advice on that front.
What would you think about something like this?
I always build my own.