Hmmm. I've done some exploring and $700 sounds like a high compromise budget.
I'll agree with ces, make a SSD the first choice. It truly is worth the cost. OCZ, Corsair or Kingston in the 60-64 GB range.
Here's one example.....
I don't follow AMD much, but you might like this.....
I also agree that you're going to spend the least on your memory to stay close to your budget.
Now, if you decide a new case is important.....
....and a power supply......
I've played with the EndPCNoise AMD Value Quiet system and got to $754 with 4GB of PC5300 memory. This doesn't include a SSD and only includes your existing drives.
Thanks for your response. I had to remove your urls from my reply as I'm not allowed to post urls yet:-(
Since my budget is somewhat constrained, I've got two priorities:
1) Spend more of my budget on things that are difficult and/or expensive to replace. In my existing system, only the Antec case and power supply are original, everything else has been upgraded.
2) A reasonably quiet, but not silent, system.
Given these two priorities, I'm willing to sacrifice some performance and quietness up front and upgrade later.
If this is NOT the correct way to go about things, please let me know.
As such, I'm willing to to sacrifice some quietness for disk space so I'm leaning towards one of the recommended 7200 RPM 3.5" drives.
Your choice of CPUs is definitely one of the ones I'm considering. At this price-point, it seems to be a trade-off between cores and L3 cache. My development tools will take advantage of 4 cores and Virtualization Technology is a requirement. My development software also requires the ability to run the Windows Aero interface, so if the motherboard graphics don't support it, I'll have to add a video card that does.
I like the case, but I've never worked with a microATX motherboard form factor. Are there any disadvantages to the microATX vs. standard ATX form factor?
Also, since I'll be going with a non-SSD hard drive, what about vibration isolation on the HDD enclosure?
What are modular power supply cables?
Would the Nexus VALUE 430 430W Active PFC Power Supply be a viable option or am I being too skimpy on the PSU? Once again, I'd post the url, but I'm not allowed to post an url yet