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This is a general question I guess but if you had $1500 give or take a couple dollars what would you put into a computer? I have a case already, a nice Antec one so that is out of the equation. This computer will be for general use, but will be needed for some HD video editing. A 24" or so screen will be in the equation too. So, who goes first to build their dream machine on a budget? I am ready to see what you would choose compared to what I am looking at. It's just a little comparison thing I guess. Let's have some fun.

I would spend some $$ on the slowest component starting with your secondary storage. Many people make the mistake with spending a lot of extra dollars on the latest CPU and find that the performance increase is negligable. Improve the performance if the hard drives and you'll see a huge performance boost.