Summary - I am still shopping and looking to build my first PC for the following applications. Any and all advise and recommendations are greatly appreciated.
The PC will be used primarily as an 'office' PC, with some specific usage/limitations and criteria.
Also, as this is my FIRST build, if there are any items that are close, but one is easier to install, I'd opt for the easier one.
Office use * See also note on virtualization/VPN access * - Very heavy MS Office 2010 suite user [including SharePoint Designer, Large (200,000 row) excel files, Access and Outlook with several 10 gig .pst files.]
Media use - some video transcoding
WMC - Limited media center duties
Virtualization - Much of my day-to-day activities MUST occur within a virtual Windows 7 machine hosted by vmWare.
(due to VPN tunnel/lock-down [Virtual PC <==>Locked down to corp network Host <==>to public network])
Storage - I want a large case, for my fat hands, and at least 6 SATA II ports
Existing Equpment: Monitor I have 2 Dell UltraSharp U2410 Resolution:1920x1200
Approximate Purchase Date: (1/2011)
Budget Range: Under $2,500 if possible. Excludes the monitors
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most = 10 Least = 0
Virtualized 'Office' PC: 10
Media PC: 7
File Storage : 6
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: full tower case
Overclocking: Maybe, but value system stability and limiting heat over any overclocking needs.
SLI or Crossfire: / No / not needed
Additional Comments: Will need to be able to have 24gig+ of memory for virtualization.
Thanks very much for taking the time to read this. Any advice you may have would be appreciated!
For the PSU, I would take the Corsair AX1200. It's rated 80+Gold so your efficiency will be very good. The one you chose is good though.
A rig like that will last you until a component breaks down. It's over your set budget, but you'll be able to do anything with it. It comes down to 3285$, but if you decide to use only 24Gb of RAM, the price just dropped by 350$. But for virtualization, I really reccomend as much RAM as you can get.
Also, if you decide to go with a single processor, the choice you made is a good one.