Budget Range: I'm fairly flexible on budget, no specific limit, but trying to keep the price down as much as possible (was hoping to put off buying for a bit longer, but old system is completely dead)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Email/Internet/Office apps, watching movies, playing music, RAW image processing & photo editing, virtual machines, software development
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, case, monitor (for now - will reuse 19" CRT, eventually probably get 24" widescreen LCD)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com - but open to suggestions
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: none
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for now, eventually probably 1920x1200
Looking for something that will be reasonably future proof without having to make significant upgrades (my current system lasted 7 years)
I'll be running Linux, will frequently run Windows in a virtual machine, may occasionally dual boot Windows
Looking for a mobo with a couple PCI slots. A parallel port for my printer would be nice, but a USB to parallel adapter should work.
CPU: i7-2600K will probably be worth it if you can afford it
Mobo: Z68 motherboard because it's got everything you could want. Gigabyte has a nice one for $129.99 on Newegg: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
There are H61 & H67 chipsets that can use integrated graphics w/ Quicksync, or discrete without Quicksync but cannot overclock. P67 chipsets cannot use integrated or Quicksync, but can overclock. Z68 chipsets with Virtu can use integrated graphics, discrete, overclock, & Quicksync in all combinations.
RAM: 8GB 1600CL9 or faster if there's a deal and it's the same price. You should be able to find some $75 8GB (2x4GB) 1600CL9 DDR3 pretty easily. Try slickdeals.com and search for DDR3.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB's are faster than that Seagate and often on sale for $55. Sign up for Newegg's email list or try Amazon.com.
DVD: Anything Cheap
Case: Go for good airflow w/ bottom mounted PSU--anything that fits your motherboard. If you go for a smaller case, switch to a Micro ATX motherboard. Gigabyte makes a mATX version of the above board for $5 cheaper.
Recommendations are easier with a specific budget goal.
PSU: There seems to be some disagreement about whether or not the one on my original list is sufficient. I had chosen it after trying out a few online PSU calculators. In any case, newegg has dalauder's recommended PSU for $35 - cheaper than my original choice. It's recertified, but has a 3 year manufacturer's warranty. If it's more than I need - well, I've got some spare capacity for future upgrades!
FYI: If you buy refurbished, you want to make sure it has a good warranty. That, or make sure you're the gambling type. I'm the gambling type. $12.99 shipping is almost enough to kill the deal though.
It does have a 3 year warranty, so not a big gamble. Shipping isn't as bad as it sounds - with all the components in my cart, the total shipping is nowhere near the total of each item's shipping. Total shipping only goes up $0.90 when I switch from the CX430 (with $3.99 shipping) to the OCZ.
I did just notice the CX430 has a $20 mail-in rebate in addition to the $15 instant rebate (either wasn't there yesterday, or didn't notice) - so that brings it down to $25. Decisions, decisions...
The CX430 is enough for 2 HDDs, 4 sticks of ram, 2 USB devices (5W each), 3 high speed 120mm fans, a 5670, and an overclock to 5.0GHz at 1.5V. And you probably won't do all of that.
EDIT: I configured the PSU calculator with the above setup and 15% capacitor aging and it came to 421W recommended (368 required, or something like that), so you're fine.
Thanks for confirming that for me! I'll think about it today and pick one or the other.