Approximate Purchase Date: Looking now, but if i7 3820 or even Ivy is worth the wait I can hold off.
Budget Range: $2000 out the door
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Dual purpose machine, work by day, play by night. I don't watch movies on it Day use Web developer:
Tools: Eclipse IDE, MySQL Workbench, Photoshop (web design not ultra high rez pro photography), Flash Professional, Illustrator
Dev environment: Apache/MySQL/PHP, Node.js, dabbling in NoSQL implementations atm I expect their use to go up, Ruby on Rails
Would be nice to get into virtual machines instead of installing everything on my main system, so when I want to game I shut down the VMs and system is clean
Should I be thinking about Xeon? None of the web servers ever see more than my personal dev traffic unless I make it public to share with 2-3 colleagues
Battlefield 3, Team Fortress 2, Diablo 3 Beta, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, random indie titles
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon prime
Parts Preferences: Looking for performance, green would be great if not a sacrifice
SLI or Crossfire: No, but option to have in future would be nice
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 x 1920x1200 x 1680x1050 (eventually will upgrade the other 2 to 1900x1200)
Additional Comments: While I'd like to think when I want to play a game I will shut down all my development stuff, I know that doesnt always happen (either break in mid day, or working late at night) so it would be nice to leave all my dev stuff running and still play a game.
Also on that note, I play all my games in windowed mode so I can easily see whats going on in other monitors and task bar on main monitor. I don't play any simulators that would use 3 monitors. Currently I have an el cheapo $30 video card that runs the 3rd monitor and GTX260 runs the other 2
Was thinking a decent sized SSD for OS/Games/Apps and then a 1TB storage for code/personal documents
Here's a rough cut at $1600, without poking around for combo deals:
Personally, I'd consider waiting on the GPU until 7970's are back in stock. Also, if you have an old HDD you can use for the next 6-10 months, hard drive prices are pretty fucked because of flooding in Thailand.
That said, this machine (with either a GTX 580 or an HD 7970) should crush games at your current resolutions, and have plenty of RAM to handle having a bunch of applications open at once. The board will let you SLI/CF at x8/x8 when you decide to add a second card down the road, and the power supply has the necessary headroom. 128GB of SSD will hold your OS and current games with room to spare.
If you want a new case, I'd recommend something like the Corsair 600T or NZXT Phantom.
I don't think Xeon is necessary. An X79 platform is something to consider, but probably overkill for what you need, and would butt up against the tippy top of your budget.
EDIT: given three displays, I'm not a huge fan of the above's recommendations on graphics card or power supply.
When you said the above recommendation for GFX/PSU, I'm assuming that was aimed at the first reply with the 650W PSU? Is 1000W your recommendation for 3 monitor? I'm currently using the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W in the old rig
Did not know about the Thailand stuff, that sucks. Been waiting forever for SSD upgrade, doh.