First of all, take a i7-970 into consideration. The extra 2 cores make a nice difference. As for memory, go for 24 GB on the X58 platform to use the triple channel architecture. For the boot disk you can save some $$ by opting for the 320 GB Samsung Spinpoint F4 disk. The case is too small, go for the HAF 932 instead for more space, better cooling, easier installation and better cable management. Get some extra disks for your media. Your PSU can easily be improved upon with a Gold label type with more wattage. The 2380 monitors are very nice from a price/performance view. I have three of them. Have a look at some third party CPU coolers from CoolerMaster, Noctua or Prolimatech.
I did look at the 970 to get a 6 Core over a Quad, but it's a difference of around £500. Will I see that much of a performance gain for that additional outlay?
I'll change up the boot disk as suggested. I've just investigated the case, and I think I'll need to keep looking. We're converting our dining room into a creative space, and I have to have something that's quite subtle, in order to keep the Mrs happy. The 932 is a little too 'gamerish' for my tastes. Thank you for the suggestions on the case though, and I'll take another look at the cases in order to get something a little larger.
As for th PSU, would I really need more than 750W? If I really need it, so be it, but I've seen reports of something of that size being more than enough for a rig of this spec.
Looks like the decision on the monitor is made then! I'll go and look at some other coolers now.
Also, am I working on the correct topography in terms of HDDs?
1) I'm assuming that I configure Premiere to use the RAID Array as the scratch disk. But, where do I import and store my footage? Same drive? System Drive?
2) When I'm done working on a project, I assume that I'll need somewhere to store it. An external HDD or possibly NAS?
I've just realised I have no idea how much space I'll actually need!
I did look at the 970 to get a 6 Core over a Quad, but it's a difference of around £500.
Must be your weird prices over in the UK, since the 960 goes for around € 240 and the 970 for € 460.
Have a look at the articles at the top of the page under the Overview tab. There is some interesting reading to answer all your questions.
I've just checked, and you're completely right! I have no idea where I got a price of around £700 from!
Thanks for the pointers! Looks like I'd better get reading!