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Hardware upgrade for video editing

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Computer Upgrade?

Hi,

I’m in the process of upgrading my computer hardware and software and have been using (http://www.videoguys.com/blog/PL/0x40f7f96ea4b61f09c684b9dbc281d69c.aspx) as a guide.

I’m at a cross roads as to what is desirable and what is a necessity for upgrades on my system and was hoping to get some expert advice to help me make the right decisions. Please see my specs below. Any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Currently using Pinnacle 11 Ultimate, but am wanting to upgrade to Avid Studio (Min sys requirements - http://www.avid.com/US/products/Avid-studio/specifications). I occasionally play games on my system but video editing holds a higher priority.
 
Current Specs
Mobo – Asus P5E3 Deluxe
CPU – Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz)
GPU – Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
RAM – 2GB ( 2x1GB) DDR3 Corsair Dominator (1800Mhz)
HD – 3 x Seagate 7200RPM 500GB
Case - P182 Performance One Black ATX Mid Tower
PSU – Corsair TX-750 V2 750Watts
OS – Windows XP 32-bit
 
Recent Upgrades (on the way)
RAM – 8GB (4x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) XMS KIT
OS - Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM
HD – 2 x Hitachi 2TB SATA 7200RPM
 
Crossroads??
Mobo & CPU (& therefore RAM?) – upgrade to run new software?
GPU – upgrade to Nvidia GTX570?
HD - I would like to keep 2 of my old hard drives in addition to the the new ones (4 total).
PSU 850W or higher – required(?) if above upgrades are required?

Based on the upgrades (Mobo, 
CPU, GPU, RAM, PSU, Boot drive) on the videoguys website ("videoguys DIY 9 choice") it would cost me ~$2000 AU. Could I save costs by buying other parts?

Thankyou in advance for your time.
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