Need advice on new system for running VMs

My old system is gasping for air with only 4GB RAM. Need to upgrade and make sure there is more than sufficient capacity for now.

I am targeting 16GB RAM, Mobo/CPU/RAM/Video card whatever is recommended here.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week (by 12/10/11)

Budget Range: < $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running VMs (VMware Workstation), email/internet on host. Running dual monitors.

Parts Not Required: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitors (I run dual monitors)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Had good luck with ASUS in past, not sure if that's best for new configuration.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - I am not a gamer, don't know if this is important, please advise.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 is what my current monitors are set at - don't know if thats a monitor or card limitation, but its sufficient for stated purpose.

Additional Comments: Need sufficient performance for running several VMs (one with SQL Server) and general simultaneous desktop usage (email, internet, MS Office) on host.

Parts already selected:

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W

Everything else will depend on CPU platform selected.
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  1. It appears from reading similar threads that I would be better served by running Win 2008 on the host (to gain better CPU and disk utilization).

    Is this a correct assumption ?

    I have stayed away form it in the past because some of my favorite software either won't run on a server OS or the cost for server version is just too expensive. Perhaps I could just run a separate Win 7 VM for day to day desktop functions in order to run everything I want to there.
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