I have an Asus ASUS E35M1-M PRO that I use primarily as a home server running Linux. On this I have Virtualbox with 2 VMs. It works fine, except there is an 8GB memory limit, and of course this is not the speediest of machines. The primary reason I have this is low power consumption + heat level. The newer AMD E-450 board did not seem all that enticing to upgrade
I would like to ideally get low power + low heat + quad core. Ideally I would like match this with an Asus board that supports at least 32GB.
So what are my options today? I am completely out of the loop on what is available.
The ram upgrade is optional. I downgraded from 16 to 8 gb to save space on my ssd; I didn't notice that much difference. I don't recommend a quad core cpu if you want to save energy. My 2120 with HT is plenty fast for an htpc.
I thinking of getting that CPU, or maybe the 2.3Ghz. Looking at motherboards, specifically Asus with 4 memory slots and support for 32GB. I found this ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX