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I searched but I haven't really found a good answer.

I need to buy a new system in the next day or two and I don't want to spend a ton of cash. This system will be a development box that will need to run VM's. I am thinking 8 GB and about a TB of HD space.

I would also like the motherboard to support V technology as well.

What kind of system do you recommend? If I could find something under $1K that would be great.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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you already said what is important.further i suggest to chose a CPU with as many cores as possible and good hyperthreading capabilities.however, the prices vary very much between the countries.Here in switzerland you will have to pay more than $1k. - ah and dont buy the cheapest mainboard ;-) –  Michael K Dec 7 '11 at 8:25
Would you recommend building my own, or buying one prebuilt and reformatting it? –  nitefrog Dec 7 '11 at 10:03
Newer AMD and Intel Quads should to the job if its not a commercial machine otherwise your best bet would be Intel's Xeon. Since you mentioned 1K I believe its not a commercial machine. In my opinion you should see if the new 8-core AMD FX processors fit your budget, and trust Asus with motherboards, checkout their current AM3+ offerings. –  funkymonk Dec 7 '11 at 10:30
even with asus i am careful... i had one ASUS mainboard which did not satisfy me (M2A-VM; crappy onboard sound). Except for my cheap first Biostar Mainboard each Mainboard had sth which dissatisfied me. Currently I am using a Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P where I have problems with my networking adapter not linking after reboot. Still I would suggest ASUS or Gigabyte but as already said - not the cheapest ;) –  Michael K Dec 7 '11 at 13:23
ah and - you can build your own system it is fairly easy.If you do not need it you can buy a cheap graphics card, but dont use onboard, unless you dont need graphics at all (headless). Then first choose a CPU (AMD is cheaper) with 4 or 8 cores.Then select a motherboard and the RAM - not the slowest available.Finally select the other components: hint: a small SSD increases the bootup speed. alternatively select a fast HDD for boot / root partitions and slower one for data.Fast HDD is e.g. Western Digital Raptor. –  Michael K Dec 7 '11 at 13:27