Update: SNB it is!
EDIT: Changed post
After the Bulldozer results, I'm going with i5-2500(k) system. I would like vt-d virtualization but I think my main use will be in virtualbox using XP Pro, Windows 7 and some apps there in which it is more convenient than re-booting. Also, I want to get a scanner sometime and I'm not sure it will run reliably in Linux. VT-x is good enough for that, right?
Hopefully, someone who is knowledgeable with the virtualization technologies integrated in the chips can comment.
Ok, so barring some unforeseen problem going with an i5-2500k chip, here is a bunch of info that I hope will help assess some good options!
cpu - Intel i5-2500k
mobo - Z68 motherboard - Asrock or MSI?
ram - 8GB DDR3 1333mhz
Budget - $500
For the RAM, I thought maybe Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9. I'm going to run it at 1333MHz so that might even be the default? Anyway, I am sure to avoid any issues that way.
Z68 mobo because I'll initially use the Intel HD3000 graphics until I get a discrete card.
Also, the motherboards I'm looking at are either Asrock or MSI. So, I'd like recommendations from either.
I figure this will total just under $500 so I don't want to go any higher and that's high enough already! :(
Should I get the RAM now? Did it just go up? I thought 8gb was $50 or it just the Corsair LP RAM that is more expensive?
My components I'm keeping for the new system include a case, HDD, 520w PSU
Any other thoughts? Advice? Recommendations?
Mobo - MSI GD-65. Asrocks have bios issues.
About the RAM - get a G-skill kit and call it a day.
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