Yeah SSD is the only way to go for storage of the VMs if you're not going with a RAID array. I have MicroCenter near the house so I can get the 8350 for 179 and 40 bucks off the same motherboard you have in your setup. I plan to overclock hopefully to 5ghz with the h100 cosair liquid cooling kit. This box in the end will be a lab / NAS as I plan to virtualize my unRAID server in this box. Thanks for the heads up!