First time builder, I7, P6T, 12GB ram

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week. I'm trying to take advantage of Black Friday sales and Newegg Bing CB at 10%

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates/Bing CB

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: VMware ESXi server for Cisco voice CCIE lab

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. I have a friend in Michigan who can go to a Microcenter if needed

PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 processor, 12 GB ram

OVERCLOCKING: None

MONITOR RESOLUTION: NA

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No OS needed

I'm looking to build a ESXi VMware server for a Cisco CCIE voice lab to run my unified communications lab. Basically, I'd like a fast processor, 12 Gig of RAM, and 1.5 - 2 TB of storage. I'll need a NIC so VMware doesn't throw a fit. Here is the build I'm thinking of. What am I missing? Thanks in advance.

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.99 with $40 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Processor:
Core i7 920 Processor Boxed - $199.99 plus tax
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727

MotherBoard:
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $204.99 with $20 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386

RAM:
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK - $159 each X 2 = $319.98 with $20 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227501

Hard Drives:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $49.99 each X 3 = 149.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

NIC (needed for VMware to not throw a fit):
Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter - OEM - $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106121

Power:
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail - $49.99 with $10 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

Cooling (is this even needed?):
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail - $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055

Misc:
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail - $4.99

Total now with shipping: $1140.05
10% Bing cash back: $91
Total of mail in rebates: $90

Grand total so far: $943


Edit:
DVD Rom:
SAMSUNG 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache USB 2.0 Black External 22X DVD Burner Model SE-S224Q - Retail - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16827151194

Video Card:
I'll only use the video card once to install the VMWare software itself. After that, I'll never need to hook a monitor up to it again unless there are problems. What is a really cheap video card I could get?
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  1. You need a video card.
    No on the CPU cooler unless overclocking.
  2. You have a good config there...
    Some suggestions...
    1. RAM - I would rather get this Corsair - Though that OCZ is not bad but still Corsair would be better...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236

    2. PSU - Even this PSU is as good as that Corsair...and is slightly cheaper...
    Antec EA Green 380W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    CASE alternatives - But your choice though...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    As for the video card -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121348
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125250
  3. Did you build this config and get esx running. I'm having trouble with a simular config. I had to add a pci NIC, to eliminate the no LAN error. Now I have a No Storage Error, during the initial installation.
    Those who have installed ESX on something like this would love any help.
  4. I built it and got it running perfectly. I did add the NIC as stated. This build worked perfectly.
  5. chadlincoln:
    I have similarly configured HP desktop e9280t loaded with 9GB DRAM and windows 7 OS. I am having issues installing ESXi 4.0. May be I am missing some important steps. Are you running ESXi 4.0 from Hard disk or USB? I have tried USB but machine does not boot up with ESXi. What host OS are you running? I would appreciate if you share 'how to do' procedures. My objective is to build CCIE Voice lab as well. Thanks/ Rakib
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