So I am wanting to build a home server that I can run 4-5 VM's on at any one time. Mostly to check things out, but also to run some other things such as web server consistently. I see software/os setups I would like to try and hence why I am looking at he VM's. That said, I am trying to find what I could go with in a processor that would handle this and be pretty quick? I mean, what does it take to run VM's? I will be having at least 8gb's of RAM, but I know that the cpu needs to deal with threading, virutalization, etc..., correct?
On my other server which runs home domain and some media stuff, it is a p4 w/ 2gb's of ram (mobo max) and some minor other programs (Spiceworks, backup software, etc..) and sometimes really bogs down. So am thinking I cannot go with any used parts as that p4 is the newest I have that isn't being used (or at least, used to not to).
So yeah, budget is key, but I want to run VM's and not bog down too much. Thoughts please?