I am in need of a new computer, this computer will be mostly used for photoshop/fireworks and gedit while in ubuntu. I would like to buy parts from my local computer store (www.memoryexpress.com), as i like supporting local companies.
My only requirement is that i want this computer to be an i7 build, i probably don't need it but i really don't want to open this computer until CS5 is out or in 4 years whatever comes first.
I would also like to be able to run this computer in linux with windows vista open in a virtual box. However if that would drop the performance greatly then i could just dual boot as i currently do with my laptop. So no biggie
Ideally I would like to spend $1100, excluding the case, and up to $1300 if a notable performance increase will be noticed.
Ok, the cheapest i7 you can get there is the 920, priced at 375$
Board, you can go with a Gigabyte, the GA-EX58-DS4 one for about 300$
RAM goes for Corsair XMS 6GB for 135$
Hard drive, you probably want it big (at least 1TB) I would go with a Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB for about 130$
For case/PSU I would go with Antec Sonata III case, it comes with a good PSU at 150$
As for video card, you should look at nVidia's side, since they have better driver support for Linux. You don't need a lot of firepower so a 9600 GSO will be enough at 80$
All this comes down to 1170$, I would check newegg.ca for better prices... you could save about 200$ on it all, but you'll probably partly pay for shipping...