IMHO, that is way too much for a system that's built around a very mainstream CPU platform. A budget that high actually calls for at least a hexa-core i7-9##X Extreme or dual-Xeon build with an X58 or a workstation motherboard. I would personally spend no more than $1,800 or so for any current LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge build at this time.
Also, I would not recommend an SSD yet as the media/project or the cache/output drive due to their relatively slow internal write speeds compared to even conventional hard drives. And I would recommend an SSD only for the OS drive - and then, if you're going to be running other programs that benefit from quicker random access speeds.
Simply put, your proposed build is a complete waste of money at that high of a price point.
Couldn't agree more, Randall. Well stated.
And don't get me wrong: The i7-2600K is a pretty potent CPU, especially when overclocked. It's just that the rest of the platform (this counts only the CPU and motherboard) that limits future expansion/performance potential. Current GPUs and most current RAID controllers do not take full advantage of the Sandy Bridge platform, let alone the Gulftown/X58 platform. However, future RAID controllers and future GPUs could bring the mainstream Sandy Bridge platform down to its knees.
Your proposed build, however, is just like adding extra and unnecessary fat or sugar to the diet.
Thanks for the quick response. Where would you cut back from my proposed system ...or... how would you build a video editing machine around a Sandy Bridge MB using parts available now (Z68, etc.) ? ~$2000 budget or what you think is reasonable based on max bang for buck.
First off, skip the two 240GB SSDs: They are way too expensive, especially for the performance/capacity/price ratio. Instead, get a single 320GB Samsung F4 HD322GJ hard drive or a 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ or Western Digital Black SATA 6.0 Gbps WD1002FAEX hard drive for use as the system's OS/programs drive.
Second, you don't need a discrete PCI-e RAID card unless you're going to put in eight or more hard drives in one RAID array. But since your storage drives will consist of only four 1.5TB hard drives (as planned), the RAID card is unnecessary in this build. And configure the four 1.5TB hard drives as two RAID 0 arrays (with two drives per RAIDed pair) on the onboard Intel Z68 PCH SATA RAID controller.
Third, since the build, even with a full load, does not draw anywhere near 1200W from the PSU, you can step down to an 850W PSU such as the Corsair HX850 or AX850 or TX850v2.
Fourth, you can save an additional $100 or so by going with a Cooler Master HAF 932 (new "Advanced" version with front USB 3.0 ports) instead of the Corsair Obdisan 800D. (I recommended this only because all of the decent cases with front USB 3.0 ports are on the expensive side.)
Fifth, although the GTX 580 is fast, its BFTB (bang-for-the-buck) is poorer than GeForce GTX 5xx-series cards that sell for $200 to $300 less. Indeed, you can achieve nearly the same level of performance by switching to a GTX 560 card from the same brand, which costs $300 less than your originally planned card. Just make sure that you do the cuda_supported_cards.txt edit (adding the line "GeForce GTX 560" to the file) in order to enable the MPE GPU accelerated mode in CS5.x.
With all of those substitutions (including the Samsung F4 320GB hard drive and the Corsair TX 850 v2 PSU), your build totals a much more reasonable $2,046.35 plus shipping (and tax if you're ordering from selected states). In fact, you can switch your storage/media (non-OS) hard drive selection to four 2TB Hitachi DeskStar 7K3000 series drives (instead of the four 1.5TB WD Blacks) and upgrade the card from the GTX 560 to a GTX 570 and still end up with a system that costs only about $2,200.00. (If you choose the GTX 570, no text edit is required if you're going to run Premiere Pro CS5.5.)