Hi Guys, So my current ESXi server is playing up in a very strange way so I would like to replace it and was looking for some advise / thoughts. Intended Uses: I run a personal private ARK server for my tribe to practice boss and builds. I only host one map, but would like to eventually have a cluster of all the maps. I would consider this my only production use I'm re ripping my Bluray collection and converting to HVEC instead. So I would like to spin up a linux VM machine to do that , but it wont be permanent. Outside of this the servers main purpose is home lab testing and learning. In my job we dont actually have our own infrastructure hardware, so when I want to test out a product / solution im usually spinning up a VM. Also my AD skills are getting rusty so at some point I would probably want to setup a DC to fiddle, again non production stuff. Storage, I have a bunch of smaller SSD drives (128GB to 512GB) lying around so I am golden there. my biggest draw back has been memory rather than CPU cycles. I have always ended up lacking. The ARK servers need about 8GB each. I was running an i5 with 32GB RAM but I feel i might need more. So anyways coming back to my questions bit. I can see on ebay us lots of cheap deals on Tyan / SM Dual 1366 boards. (I have offices in the US and one of my team is happy to buy stuff for me and ship it). The boards support RDIMM's which again if you keep an eye on ebay you can pick up deals on, ive seen it out there cheaper than regular DDR3. The only thing im a little concerned about these mobos is the physical size and any special PSU requirements. Ideally I would want ATX or E-ATX at most. I am moving my rack to the loft, so would grab a short 4U case to throw it in. Looking at newer ranges (1150, 1151 and 1155) either puts me at 32GB max, really expensive memory options or very strange form factors with proprietary power requirements. I have also seen places like bargain hardware in the uk that do the ex data centre gear, but its rather large (my rack goes to a max depth of 550mm), proprietary PSU's and the thought of anything with 40mm fans makes me judder! So what would you guys do if you were looking to build something that gave best bang for buck and didnt sound like a typhoon going off.