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Personally I would stick with Intel chipset/cpu if you are going to be using VMWare.
Agree with others re SDD, I would have a 250GB for your main boot/OS, a second 250GB for your VM boot/OS and then a pair of mirrored 1-2TB mechanical drives for data storage (both for real and VMs).
As said elsewhere, no need for a graphics card unless you want to go for more than two monitors - an Asus H270 has dual video out already.
An Intel network card for the VMs would also make life a lot simpler.
I’d go for a 1tb SSD over the 10k rpm spinner. Cheaper and faster. I used AMD cpus/chipsets for years but switched to intel CPUs/chipsets about five years ago. Kept running into situations where AMD didn’t support this or that new feature, whereas just about everything is support on Intel platform. If you go Intel, get an “H” motherboard. The main thing the “X” motherboards support (over H) is overclocking. If you’re not gaming, you probably don’t need it. And PCIe x4 SSD is definitely the way to go for your system drive.
NP. The machine I built needed to be somewhat portable. Many years ago, I used Clevo/Sager based laptops for my needs, but I needed something with a little more power now, and the KB/Monitor/Mouse was available wherever I needed to set up, so a portable desktop works with those needs.
I'm playing my way through DOOM, and I'm trying to get all the challenges. Until the third level, when I have to Curb Stomp (jump on the heads of) monsters to get one. Does it work? No. Try, try, try. Fail, fail, fail. Swear. Reload. Try, try, try. Fail, ... you get the idea.
Until I relent, and search for help. And lo! Others have the same difficulty!
Wrong sodding monster. "Possessed Soldier" is not the same as "Possessed". Go, Griff you idiot - stomp some heads!
Sent from my Amstrad PC 1640 Never throw anything away, Griff
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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