Originally Posted by kbrescher
I might recommend a mid-range SLI solution, money permitting. Throw in two 9600s, and a decent quad core. One thing to remember for digital media creation is the preservation of data. Try going for 4x500 GB in RAID 0+1 or 1+0 for 1TB of mirrored backup goodness.
A while ago I made a content creation workstation wishlist on newegg. If you want it, PM me and I will forward you a copy.
The first post said he's lookin for a $1000-$1200 setup and I doubt you're gonna find 4 500gb HDD's, 2 9600's, and a Quad(even just a q6600), and still have enough left in this budget for a mobo, ram, case and cooling. Thats assuming no OS needed.
Anyway I would say get a q6600 and probably an 8800gt for the graphics. You could grab a cheap case, 4 gb of RAM (maybe more if 64 bit), and a decent mobo. 4x500gb hard drives are probably unneccesary you could grab 2 seagates and still stay in the budget though. You say he's just a graphic design student anyway right and not actually a graphic designer so I imagine a student wouldn't need as nice of a rig as a professional I think you'd be fine with something like this in that budget.