I am looking to buy a new Intel i5/i7 platform pc. What i will be using it for is programming and running virtual servers on virtual machines. The problem i am having is determining the best cpu, memory and mobo combo that would be best suited to this use. Do you have any suggestions on which combination i should be looking at?
Read some of the customer reviews for the asus z8na-D6C to decide if it is right for you. This board doesn't have an ide port for older hardrives. You may also look at the low end 1366 xeons for value. They start at around $200. The asus board may work fine with lower cost standard non ecc ddr3, and fits most standard atx cases.