Asus M4A88TD-M/USB3 based whitebox Working with ESXi 4.1
First off I had all kinds of problems with hang ups on USB, e1000 network drivers and AHCI modules during install. I disabled AMD Cool & Quite and C1E (or E1C cannot remember) power management and disabled the onboard NIC, and set the SATA mode to AHCI.
After all that the install went clean and fast with the unmodified disk ESXi 4.1 directly from VMWare. I installed ESXi from CD to the HDD.
USB passthrough works perfect, and I installed a Windows Server 2008 r2 x64 enterprise VM, a Windows7 ultimate x64 VM and am getting ready to install an Ubuntu load.
Below are the specs I purchased from Newegg with part numbers
2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231314
Memory Standard Return Policy $199.98
1 Thermaltake Black SECC Japanese steel LANBOX Lite VF6000BNS Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Item #: N82E16811133045
Standard Return Policy $69.99
1 ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131654
Standard Return Policy
For Asus Tech Support, Please Call 502-995-0883 or http://helpdesk.asus.com/
1 AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
Item #: N82E16819103913
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $239.99
1 Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Network Adapter
Item #: N82E16833106033
Standard Return Policy $28.67
So I have a working Whitebox with 16 Gigs of ram, 6 core AMD processor, for under $600.00
I had two 1.5TB Drives, a power supply, SATA DVD drive hanging around.
This whitebox rocks ... I will post screenshots of the system as soon as I can