Matthew Salmon said:
i7 3770 every day of the week.. Half the power consumption - OC's easily to 4.2GHZ where it wipes the floor with the 8350 at same clock.
Its also feature rich in terms of server functionality and would really outperform the AMD in that area
Well there is some truth to this, assuming we're talking about the 3770K as the 3770 doesn't overclock, in terms of gaming performance on games designed with a Dual or Quad Core CPU. The 3770K doesn't support the Intel Virtualization Technologies (disabled on the K models of the Mainstream Intel CPUs). The problem with that is that the OP stated that the machine would primarilly be used for VMWare Workstation 9 and nested ESXi Environments.
Under such conditions (Virtualization that is) the AMD FX-8350 performs nicely as seen here
. The AMD FX-8350 also does well in BF3 (and seeing as BF4 is even more CPU Threaded/Intensive we can only speculate thatthe AMD FX-8350 will perform well in that title as well).