First of all I want to thank everyone that takes the time to reply to these requests. You have no idea how helpful these forums have been in trying to put together the best machine for me. Both the more official stickies (Best Configs, Part buying advice) and looking at other people's builds and critiques have been incredibly useful.
And on to the meat of the post: I'm looking to build my first computer, a somewhat high end machine to fulfill my personal server/workstation needs. That is I'll likely use it for my own file/streaming/web server to access my media as well as using it as a programming/dev/number-crunching machine. Not so much gaming...
Will be running some distro of Linux, although I'm yet undecided between CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. Any input on that front also welcome.
I'm looking to spend around 1500 give or take, but the build below comes out to 1700 so if you can think of good ways to cut cost without huge sacrifices, please let me know.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, probably Monday or Tuesday.
BUDGET RANGE: 12-1800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Server, Development
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Have gone with Intel, but am not necessarily biased by company, honestly, if it will make it a better machine, I'm open.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Needs to be within price range (cheaper obviously better).
One of the main things I like about the current build is that it is highly extensible, and in the future I can upgrade fairly easily.
VIDEO: The mobo has onboard video (Aspeed AST2050), which I'm planning on using initially. Should I plan on getting a separate graphics card in the future? If so, any suggestions?
AUDIO: Do I need a separate audio card and, if so, is the Asus MIO worth anything at all? It seems to have mixed reviews and possibly not be worthwhile, but it is incredibly cheap. Suggestions for this would be great.
Thanks for the good suggestions! I've moved up to the Intel E5620 Westmere CPU's and made the PSU switch you suggested. Wasn't such a huge fan of the case you suggested, but have moved from the CoolerMaster 932 HAF to the prettier Lian Li PC-A70F, which I'm pretty excited about.
Other than that I'm about to buy, so unless anyone has any other suggestions for replacements, I'm moving ahead. Thanks again!