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 HP Pavilion "Costco Special" Model A6544F 
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Boss bought this for me from Costco. Came with a Q6600 and 4GB ram.

Full Specs

Chipset: ICH9R
CPU: Q6600 (Socket 775)
Bios: v5.43 (circa 2009)
NIC: Works, but TERRIBLE performance
Storage: Worked just fine, had a 150GB Raptor, 120GB SSD, 1TB Seagate
No changes required to make ESXi see anything
Storage controller offers raid (ICH9R fake raid)
Motherboard and CPU both support VT-x
Motherboard and CPU do NOT support VT-d

Ran ESXi v5.1 v799735 via a 4GB compact flash card for over a year, upgraded RAM to 8GB, added both a single port Intel Pro/1000 GT PCI NIC and an Intel PRO/1000 PT dual port server adapter (PCIe). Ran 3 vm's full time, pfSense, Windows Server 2008 R2, and CentOS 6.4, with a Server 2003 VM ran on the weekends.

Talk about a workhorse ... I actually installed ESXi on there as a joke to myself, since it was a "crappy" HP desktop from Costco. Never underestimate a Q6600 though ....

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