Forget about SSD's with that budget. Get a Samsung F4 320 G boot disk, and use the savings to get a decent hardware raid controller. LSI or Areca. Your video card will run at 8x PCIe but you will be hard pressed to notice the difference. Use 2 x SATA3 in raid0 for pagefile, media cache and previews on the mobo and use 4 x raid3 or raid5 for media and projects on the dedicated controller. If you can afford it, go for an 8-port controller and use more disks in the raid53/5.
SSD's don't give you any performance gain, their only use is to effectively empty your wallet. No problem if you have a huge budget, but that is not the case here. SSD's are your last luxury step when you have a really great system already.
many thanks harm (i feel i already know you having read so many of your's and scott's posts!!) thanks for speedy reply and useful info!!
one thing i was thinking though, was as the savings that i'll make not going with the ssd's now (i am now convinced!! I was already really, just those 500 mb speeds sounded better than the older 250's!!),
.... would my saved cash now be better off ploughed into the 980x hexcore x58 platform instead and just upgrade to dedicated raid controllors down the line ? as i currently deal with high bitrate AVCHD and after effects (this would be ok i think interms of cash saved on ssd's but i wouldnt have the spare to get a hardware raid on that platform as well, least not in short term so would just go with a few fast drives)
from what your saying i think can use like u say a 320 bootdisk, raid 0 with 2 black sata 6 WD's (or similar) off mobo for scratch disk (i am right here with my terminolgy? scratch disk is like fcp with all the preview render files, cache etc, but actual media elsewhere?), and then raid 0 for media on the sata 3 ports (basically 5 disks, no raid controller just through bios/os mobo settings) but all on the x58 hexcore platform
OR is money better spent on the overclocked sandybridge system but with dedicated hardware raid as you suggested in reply my previous post (given the pci issues albeit by sounds of things i wont notice much!)
hmmm thought i was nearly there with my specs haha! I spent ages looking at pro's and cons of x58 vs sandy lol
You have a limited budget, especially in the UK, but then don't we all?
Going for the 980X will triple the cost of the CPU, but even when editing AVCHD material the gains are not sizable enough IMO to justify that cost differential. Add to that you will need 24 GB instead of 16 GB and that carries an additional price tag. Both factors will easily move you out of budget range if you want to have a number of disks and possibly a raid controller.
Did you read my article To Raid or not to Raid, that is the question. It can be found under the Overview tab at the top of the page? (Currently responding from abroad on my notebook and not having the bookmarks available for easy linking). http://forums.adobe.com/thread/525263
With media and projects I would advise against a raid0, because of the lack of redundancy. For pagefile, media cache and previews (scratch disks) raid0 is quite OK. They will be recreated if needed. The performance gain from a raid0 for media and projects over a parity raid is easily offset by the time spent on making backups. For parity raids do not use WD Caviar Blacks, but look at the Hitachi 7K3000 line of disks.
The question of Sandy Bridge versus the old X58 platform is essentially one of 'which limitations are acceptable to me'.
The Sandy Bridge is a great processor and at least the equal to the old i7-9xx quad cores. However, the platform, the chipset, has its shortcomings in terms of PCIe lanes. Whether that is relevant to you, only you can decide. But hey, we would be in serious trouble if Intel did not manage some progress in two years time from the i7-920 to the i7-2600K. So of course the i7-2600K shows much more potential than the almost retired 920, it is the chipset for the Sandy Bridge that is 'flawed' in comparison to the X58, but that is no surprise, since the Sandy Bridge is a 'middle-of-the-road' platform and the X58 was a 'high performance' platform.
BFTB-wise I think that within your budget limits, you should look at the i7-2600K, but with the best disk setup you can afford.
cheers!! think im clear now, time to research some disk setups!!! and no ssd's