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Specs for as new PC

I am researching and trying to come up with a specs for a new PC.   As I seem to be trying new softwares evaluating their usefulness for my work, many of these conflict with whatever I have and thus the OS is prone to frequent crashes or has startup errors etc.  Thus, in order to overcome this I was advised in this EE to use a VM machine.
Talking from IT geeks I am told an intel core 7 chip pc would work.  Not that I am a el cheepo but budget is a criteria.  Thus, I am trying to see what intel core chip would do the work cheeply and efficiently. As I am always trouble-prone with pcs and need support more often than the normal pc user, thus readily available FREE telephone support at least for the first year or as long as possible, is also important.  I am thinking of HP or Dell or Lenovo.  

   Hope the Gurus or Experts can please recommend a Brand name and the model No. for me to look at.  I am looking at the following wish list specs :
  1 Terra byte HD
  possibly 8 gigs of RAM or if I can get by a smaller amount, please let me know.
 As I am unfamiliar with the other variables for the other specs, so I will remain silent on this, but hope the Gurus and Experts can please guide me on this with budget in mind.
Thank u
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AMD cheap,fast and powerful.

8 core unlocked chips at under $200 bucks.

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294965455&ekw=amd&rd=1
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In response to Thinkpads_User, re Leonovo ThinkCentre for desktop how is their support?
I have been looking at the M72e tower but with a core 7.  Do u think it is a good selection?
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In response to Nobus, I am going for a desktop and will not be moving around.  I already have a laptop, but use it only when I am on the road to demonstrate or present something.
In response to Thinkpad_Users, I had a chat with Leonovo and they say that support is for 3 years with a purchase - all I can say is WOW, because with pcs I am always trouble prone.  So it is good.  
The other factor is virtualization, that is why I am going for core 7 as suggested by my Geek friend who is a pc tech, and uses one himself which he built himself, but if a lesser core could do the job, especially if anyone has tried it from personal experience, then I will consider also due to budget.  
Thank u everyone for your inputs and suggestions,
In response to Thinkpads_User,  I am looking at a Lenovo product.  Thank u for confirming about the support.    But just have to make sure that the unit I choose can do virtualization, using like VM ware workstation or Oracle VM.  I think I looked at a unit in the price range of $478, and although the sales assured me that it can do virtualization, but thought I would check with u first.  The price is a factor so I am trying to go as low as possible because the upgrades of add ons will be hefty.  
I was looking at M77 and M78 Lenovo products because of the price.  
Q: Do these 2 models support virtualization.
If yes, what is the cores for both products, i.e. are they core 5 or 7.
and do both models support virtualization.
Maybe u can educate me what to look for at the processors that will support virtualization.
Sorry for the so many questions, but I just want to be sure in my mind.  
Thank u.
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Any i3 or above will support virtualization.
You just need to turn it on in the BIOS

As for what is supported,Vmware has a hardware support list,so depending upon if you want to run  Vsphere,you may have support issues with drivers.
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In response to Thinkpads_User, thank u for confirming this.  I plan to get 4 gigs of memory and 500 gigs of HD for all the programs, the data will be stored in an ext HD.  Do u think 4 gigs will suffice to run VMware workstation?  After the initial purchase and depending on the needs, then I could upgrade.   I love the 3 year support that comes with it.
Thank u for your contributions to this subject and also the many others u have participated in.

In response to Nobus, unfortunately my Dell vostro 220 whose architecture was not built for win 7 would get a nervous breakdown if I keep pushing it further to the wall.  At the moment it is already prone to frequent OS, HD and software crashes and the feedback I get is to do a fresh install.   Thank u for your suggestion, it is good to know that there is another way of doing things.
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A Vostro 220 will run W7 just fine.
I have a cust running W7 64 bit and have no issues.
It will also run Vmware workstation as I have a couple of Optiplxes with the same chipset and it works.
It is stuck at 4 gigs of ram though.
If you really want bang for your buck,get an SSD as a boot drive or get a caching SSD as an add on.
Those truly make a difference.
In response to pgm554, my Vostro 220 at the moment, with all the softwares that I have on it, is prone to so many software crashes, or hardware issues, that I seem to be spending more time on fixes than getting on with the work on hand.    Please see my responses on this.
Thus, my decision to invest on a new machine, rather than flogging a dead horse any further.
Thank u for your inputs.
Don't know about the HW issues,but I have one that 's been running W7 64 for 6 months,no issues.
Installed SSD as boot and old HD for tiered storage.
Customer is pretty much happy as pig in mud.
From my experience,it is quite stable with newer version of Windows.
thank u for the heap of information.
Thank you, and as always, I am happy to help you.   .... Thinkpads_User