SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet surfing, programming, multimedia, virtual machines
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, (possibly optical, see below)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, open to other suggestions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, AM3 mobo, DDR3 RAM
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Haven't done a build in about 6 or 7 years, so my knowledge of current technologies is woefully outdated. I'm hoping to be running 64bit Ubuntu. Will be doing a lot of programming/experimenting/testing. Planning to run Windows XP and some Xen instances running some other forms of Linux (thus 8GB RAM). Any gaming will be on the very light side, and probably in the XP VM.
I've selected the Athlon II X4 620, which I hope to OC to around 3GHz. Hopefully, the mobo selected will make it easy to do this. If not, I'm open to suggestions as I'm very much clueless on OC'ing. I'm also thinking/wondering about the Phenom II X3 720, and wonder if I could benefit from it's L3 cache, based on intended usage? Please feel free to make any substitutions or suggestions which might make my life easier.
As mentioned above, I have an optical drive that's fairly new, but it's ATA, not SATA. Also have an 300GB ATA drive that I'd like to throw in there for some backup space. Would performance suffer greatly having to mix ATA with SATA?
Looks like newegg is all out of the 500GB Spinpoint HDDs. I'm opting for a 1TB Spinpoint, as follows:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152185
To keep costs down a little, I'm going to drop the Lite-On DVD burner. I will re-use the aforementioned existing PATA based burner. With support for two PATA devices on this mobo, I think I can get away with this burner plus my backup drive. Any other thoughts or caveats? I'll post an updated parts list shortly.
Updated build specs. Dropped the SATA burner, upgraded to 1TB Spinpoint HDD, swapped for AMD PII X3 720 CPU and CAS7 RAM. Added a couple of 18" SATA cables. This is about +$40 over my initial design, but still within budget. Taxes and shipping are killer. Wish there was some way around the latter, if not the former ;-)