I'm building a PC for someone and I know nothing about adobe premier, I've done research to understand what the requirements are and different recommended setups, I guess the biggest thing I'm grasping at is the hard drives, and I think it's because I don't understand the workflow, I'm planning:
500GB 7200rpm - OS/Page File
RAID 0 - 2 x 500GB 7200rpm - I assume this is where you would keep all your projects as you were working on them for rendering/editing etc.. ? I know it's a requirement for Premier CS5, but it didn't really go into detail on what's to be stored on it.
2TB - I assumed the user of the machine would need somewhere to store his finished work, if this isn't needed, or a 7200rpm 1TB drive would be better, I can absolutely change it.
Also, after reading: http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm it seems like I might as well get the GT240 since there is no performance difference (at least at this current time), I was looking at getting: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127483&Tpk=msi%20gt240
Does this make sense (for someone on a budget)?
I just want to be sure I get the hardware and configuration right, so I don't buy all these parts and realize I should have ordered x x instead of y.
Start with the Overview tab at the top of the hardware forum. There is a drop down box with some interesting articles. Next, look around the forum, there are numerous posts about budget systems and then have a look at the PPBM5 Benchmark to see what makes a fast system.