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Affordable VM box to run a few test servers, Mini PC.

Hi there,
I'm basically looking for suggestions here;

What would be an affordable miniPC (it has to be minipc you see, since I intend to carry it with me from location to location) type hardware solution that would allow me to run a few Windows 2003 and 2008 servers simultaneously for testing purposes?

I already have the software side covered; I'll be using the 60-day evaluation version of the Vmware vSphere product.

I basically need suggestions for the following

- A mini PC type case, that'll initially allow me to purchase a used processor and a motherboard along with some RAM, but later on in life allow me to install the latest CPU (i.e. Intel I7)

- An affordable single or dual cpu motherboard that'll allow me to run a decent amount of RAM that will fit in the above mini PC type case.

- An affordable CPU make / model that I can plug into the above motherboard

- Affordable RAM modules..

Many thanks indeed.
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If it's just for demonstration functions, make life easy for yourself and get a modern laptop with as much ram as you can.

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it's not for demonstration functions, it's for testing and stuff but I need to be able to carry with me to / from the office easily and I just want to be able to hide it at home..
I agree with BobintheNoc
wouldn't a desktop cpu / motherboard provide me with higher processing power and increased memory options and upgradeability compared to a laptop?
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stevenvb how much did that cost? I already have a number of laptops so I'd prefered not to pay for the lcd screen and battery and the laptop technology which I'm not going to need at all since I'll be plugging it into an already present lcd monitor etc.
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