Thanks for replying - your help is appreciated.
Ideally, I would like to log on to a VM and be able to use it without any lag or delay. I have used VMs in the past, and even clicking the start icon takes forever. If at all possible, I would like the VM to respond in the same time a physical system would.
Also, some of the VMs will act as servers, such as SQL Server 2005 (possibly 2008). Most of the VM operating systems will be server OS' such as Windows Server 2003/08.
I have done some research and gathered RAM is very important, therefore, I will be buying 8GB of DDR2. However, the motherboard I have for this system (an Intel DG33TL) can take one CPU only. But it is capable of running Intel Core 2 Quads.
I was thinking of dedicating each VM its own HDD, such as a WD Raptor (would this make a difference?), and itstall the VM OS on this, as well as any other programs. I would also give each VM a further HDD for data files etc.
Oh, and I plan to give each server OS its own NIC.
What do you guys think? Am I missing anything?