Hey all, After wetting my whistle reading up on how ESXi 5.1 has mostly full support for VM Directpath and seeing some nice new server-esque hardware around I've decided to start a new little build who shall be named "Zen" I will be building a small (mini itx), powerful (~9000 cpu passmarks) ESXi box for housekeeping tasks at home. The goal is to have the following setup; 1. XBMCbuntu (lightweight amazing home theatre OS, will be using VM Directpath to output guest OS video directly to projector). 2. Windows 2012 Server - Fileserver 3. Windows 2012 Server - Applications server (Sab/Sickbeard/Airplay) 4. Pfsense - Cable modem direct to this to manage all home routing I'm sure I'll come up with some other little bits and pieces. Also will be used for a variety of testing builds, etc. Now on to the important bit... the hardware. I'm trying to get as supported hardware as I can. Motherboard - Intel DBS1200KPR - Big enough for what I want, C206 chipset which is supported in ESXi. Vt-d support. Compatible with below CPU. CPU - Intel Xeon E3 1230 V2 - ~9100 cpu passmarks, Quadcore with HT. All the good virtualisation support. RAM - G.skill 2 x 8gb 1600mhz CL9 - Not sure exactly which model yet any recommendations? DON'T want ECC. Too expensive for home build. Case - Fractal Node Case - Sleek, small, cheap. PSU - Corsair CX-430 V3 - Enough for what I need, reliable, cheap HDD - Intel 330 120gb SSD - For VM storage. ESXi will be run from USB key. VGA - ATI 6670 (from current HTPC) - Used to passthrough video to HTPC guest OS. Anyone had any experience with ESXi 5.1 on any of this hardware? Specifically the motherboard. The C206 chipset has full support in ESXi but the motherboard isn't in the official VMware hardware compatibility list. I'm pretty impatient now that I've been trolling through forums looking stuff up the last few days. Will probbably go pickup parts tonight. Also for those interested it'll come to just on $800 for the whole build, apart from the ludicrous amount of hours of my own time I'll have to no doubt spend getting it setup the way I want.