Budget Range: $500-750 After Rebates; Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily software development (capable of running a large IDE such as IDEA or Eclipse), R development (statistical computing, some data mining), Gaming (modern FPS, such as CoD, BF3, TF2, etc)
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: 120 GB OCZ Agility SSD (2.5"), 120 GB Generic HDD (2.5")
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open to anything. I do have a MicroCenter in my city, so I can purchase in store deals.
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Parts Preferences: No preference, whatever is the best bang-for-the-buck
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 dual monitor setup (only using one monitor for games, though)
Additional Comments: Two most important factors to me are QUIET (this is in a bedroom) and COMPACT (the bedroom is very small). Ideally it would fit under one of a monitor riser.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Replacing a dying laptop that was never very fast to begin with.
Looked at tiger direct and made a small list to start from, only thing is that you want it in a small form factor case but that wont happen if you want gaming as most small form factors want a flex atx power supply and that will not power the components you want. Basically the list is 675 before tax and everything, lemme copy and paste the parts and take a look and see.
U12-41570 ::Ultra XBlaster Mid-Tower V2 Case - ATX, MicroATX, USB 2.0, Audio, 6x 3.5" Bays, 4x 5.25" Bays, 7x PCI Slots, Lifetime Warranty with Registration(11.5 lbs)
C283-2086 ::Cooler Master RS700-PCAAE3-US eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 700W, 120mm Fan(3.45 lbs)
YYD2-01GP31464KR ::EVGA 01G-P3-1464-KR GeForce GTX 560 SE 1GB Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 x16, 192-bit, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1(2 lbs)
YYS2-4584859 ::Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX HyperX Blu Desktop Memory Kit - 4GB PC3-12800 (2 x 2GB), DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency(0.25 lbs)