So I possibly need a dose of reality here to temper my views on a new computer.
Ideally I'd like a computer that will have linux running as a primary OS, with windows XP running in a VM if and when I need, as well as another VM running a tinderbox to help my favorite source based linux distro's quality. This tinderbox VM will be running 24/7, endlessly compiling source code for the latest commits and finding configuration errors and incompatibility between packages. Obviously RAM and disk IO are blocking points, but I figure an SSD for the primary system, and a RAID 0 or 1+0 for storage.
I've been thinking a xeon dual proc setup would be ideal, but keep wondering how an X58 and i7-950 would hold up. I'm an Intel fan, but have tried AMD in the past, I think my major distaste was for Gigabyte's VR's in the early 2000's, because I burned up two boards, one AMD and one Intel, but since I started building PC's in the 486sx days, I've used only one AMD chip and I wasn't impressed.
The rig being replaced is a Socket 478 3.2ghz prescott P4 on an ASUS P4P800E-delux with 3gb ddr-400, a 74gb raptor, and a Raedon 8550 AGP. This machine has been starting to run down and is definately showing its age with a few BSOD's thrown in to scare me about the hardware. I'm not tinderboxing yet, but would like to do so if able.
Budget... yeah, haven't thought that far much, I think that I can swing upwards of $1500, but not too much more. I don't want latest and greatest, and there will be NO OVERCLOCKING (don't believe in it). Don't even need much of a graphics card, the only games I'm playing are flash based anyway.
Thoughts? Am I taking the express train to looney town with this idea?