I am building a home lab, and would like to know if the following specifications will work for ESX 3.5 update 3.
MotherBoard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R P45 775 R
Memory - 2Gx2|OCZ OCZ2RPR10664GK R
Hard Drive - 160G Wetsern Digital 7K 8M SATA2
CPU - INTEL C2Q Q8300 2.5G
It might be best to invest in VMware Workstation and load ESX within a VM.
This method is outstanding for a home lab. ESX on bare metal is always better if you have user load or if doing performance testing/tuning. If you are not, I am not sure why you list this requirement.
You can always rent a HCL listed server as well. Have done this for demos before. I love it. They may even deliver and pick-up!
I decided to go with the following. Can someone please cross-reference it for ESX 3 update 3
CPU - Q6600 Quad-core
Motherboard - Intel BOXDQ35JOE
Hard Drive - 1x160 GB 7200 rpm Western Digital SATA
Net Card - Intel PWLA8391GT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
RAM - OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 (8gb) OCZ2RPR10664GK R
This link details systems which are supported:
You might want to look at community supported hardware/software:
Its a way to get help with unsupported combinations of hardware and software.
You can also just TRY to install it. If it works, you win.