> SSD's >would take up the slack much better than mechanical drives. I >decided to go with 12GB of RAM so I wouldn't need SSD's.
Keep in mind that the flash memory on an SSD actually wears out over time with each write that is performed (good for 1-2 million writes and improving). The controller re-maps them as they fail. As such, I would not recommend utilizing them for virtual RAM. Definetly spend the money on the RAM.