I've been testing VMWare and Hyper-V scenarios for awhile now and it's always been on a server, mainly power edge with RAID-5, 12G+ memory, Xeon Intel processors which is nice. I've also tested using a workstation running WIN7 Pro, 6G (DDR2 - slower memory) with a Xeon processor (six year old workstation) which does well but sometimes runs into limitations. So I have a range of 6 year workstation to current powerful PowerEdge server so my question is this. My first thought was run out and buy a $3000 or better PowerEdge Server, RAID-5, 12G memory, Xeon processor or second, and the main part of this thread is what is a good system EE recommneds for testing VM environments? The system I'm looking at now has an Intel I7, 3.5Ghz, 3770 CPU, 16G DDR3 memory, Western Digital Black 1T 7200rpm drive for around $1k. This box will do nothing but test VMWare and Hyper-V, anyone recommend a better hardware platform when it comes to testing VM environments, I want to keep costs down while experiencing the best VM experience as possible however I don't care to be cheap just for the sake of saving money (hope this makes sense), I don't want to spend $3-4K just for the sake of it if it's not really needed and I don't want to go less expensive route and run into limitations.