Test server to run VMware - help requested

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within 1 month

Budget Range: $500 - $700 (flexible if this is not enough)

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

System will run VMware, need to be able to run upto four virtual machines simultaneously. Will most likely be running WIN 7, Win 8, XP, Server 2008r2, virtual router/firewall

None of these VM's will be used in production, this is purley for a test lab "sandbox" environment. There will be minimal load on each VM, they will be mainly used for testing Firewall/switch/router integration into a test network. Will use AD/exchange for example to test authentication/email delivery

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, most likely


Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Location: Seattle, WA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Needs to be quiet, size is not an issue. I'm mainly unsure about CPU/memory requirements. Would love motherboard suggestions too.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: new lab, not an upgrade
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  1. What VMware version will you run?
  2. Sorry, should have included that:

    ESXi 5.0
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