Since I'd like this computer to be used for as long as possible, I felt like I should spend the extra money for this feature now. (Also like the RAID 5 support though I'm not sure that justifies the cost)
Thanks for the tips on the 4550 and the 4650. Any brand you'd recommend?
Thanks Proximon, I think that GPU will do nicely. I was reading your guide on selecting parts. You mention that latency is more important than frequency. Should I spend the extra money to go from latency 9 to latency 7? For this build I'd like to have lots of RAM to make available to the different VMs. Though I can always add memory piecemeal.
I don't have any numbers on that sort of thing, but I would think there is a lot of heavy swapping in and out of memory with VMs? If so you might see some small benefit. Just don't spend too much more, because it won't be a huge gain.
The only usage for which I really stress low latency RAM is professional rendering and such. Very large and long memory intensive tasks where time is money and deadlines are serious. In those scenarios the 5% gain those programs could get might mean hours tacked onto the end of your week.
And really if you needed that much boost a good SSD would be a better investment.
If you aren't overclocking and not running big GPUs you can get just about any case that you like.