Budget Range: about 1000$ if I buy them from newegg
System Usage from Most to Least Important: education - virtual machines with Windows 2008, performing backups from time to time on these VM with enterprise software, VMWare ESX, watching movies - 1080p, Blu-Ray, gaming - Starcraft 2 - possibly, no RPG.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, 1 HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, iskampc.com - bulgarian
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Parts Preferences: Motherboard to be ASUS or Gigabyte, Video Card to have support D-Sub and to be NVIDIA, because of Linux
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want this PC to be durable, I can wait more and save more money, but to have very durable PC - 4-5 years, case with good airflow and to have good acess to components, I’ll use 1 disk for system, and the other - for storage of virtual machines. After 1-2 years I may buy big LCD to connect it to PC with multimedia player or some other, so preferrably mobo to have 2 LAN ports. Someone recommended me Chieftec midi-tower cases, this is good investment because there’s a plenty of room in there, and I will use it in the next 10 years possibly.
Already Chosen Parts:
Case: Antec 300 Illusion - Good amount of space, Great airflow $64.99 ($44.99 with CC until the end of the month). I have 3 of these, great cases.
And at that price it is a steal.
If you want something bigger: Cooler Master HAF 932/942 would then have that at a reasonable pricepoint with great airflow.
But that does mean $130-160.
HDD: I would go with Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB's. $49.99 atm at newegg.
PSU: You can't go wrong with Seasonic X- series like the SS560KM, pretty much the best money can buy.
Ram: with the virtualization and all go with 2x4GB CAS9 1600Mhz 1.5V kit Corsair, Gskill, Kingston or Mushkin whichever strikes your fancy
CPU: if the money doesn't become and issue, grab the 2500k, while overclocking is probably not a major issue, with these CPU's it is easy, just needs an aftermarket HSF.
Generally nice to have that option with the 4-5 year timeframe in question. Maybe grab the HSF down the road for OC.
If you have room for some more in the overall budget then there are a few options in the $250 range as well. But the above should work fine.
Bluray: I would say that get a separate bluray player or a PS3 and use that for watching bluray movies, cheaper than getting a bluray drive and the SW needed to play stuff from the PC. However if you do get a bluray burner for backups then you can get a bluray player SW. PowerDVD 10 Ultra (~$60)or PowerDVD 11 Ultra (~$90) would be the way to go then.
Video card: very much a budget thing. I would say go with Radeon 6790/6850/6870 depending on the price point.
Or possibly Nvidia GTX460/560/560Ti.
Actually VT-d satisfies me, because I can use real hardware for my Virtual Machines - like real partitions, video card. I won't be playing RPG's. I will watch movies - 1080p from time to time only and after year I could spend some money on LCD TV and to launch them there through LAN or some Media Player. 2500K on reviews I think showed about 30% more performance when overclocked.
I'm sorry for replying again, but I forgot to write that this is my first build. Also managed to choose case. This is my brother's case CH-01-B-B-SL. So he recommended me some of these medium towers. I think the quality is good. CHIEFTEC LCX-01B-B-SL