Originally Posted by Richard14
If you any other ideas for a complete new PC I will be interested.
If you also want to replace your case and power supply, then you could get what is called a white box system, which is where you choose all of the parts and either put them together yourself or have someone, including possibly the company you got the parts from, do it for you. If you are not concerned about your case and power supply, then I would go with what I previously suggested, since that would essentially be replacing just about the entire computer anyways and you have the advantage that you keep the same physical box.
I didn't mention it in my previous post, but you want at least a dual core 64 bit CPU and preferably a quad core 64 bit CPU. A virtual machine is just about as hungry for resources as an actual computer, so, when you have your virtual machine(s) running, you will essentially be running two (or more) computers on top of the same hardware.
In any event, one linux distribution that will likely work well for you is SUSE. I believe that they are up to version 13.1 at the moment. You want to install the 64 bit version of SUSE, since you want to avoid the year 2038 linux time bug which has been fixed in the 64 bit version but not the 32 bit version. My understanding is that a working 32 bit software infrastructure (e.g. glibc, etc.) is also installed so that a 64 bit linux system can run 32 bit linux applications as well as 64 bit linux applications, so you don't lose anything by installing 64 bit.
Then, once your linux system is installed, you are ready for VMWare Workstation. The current version is Workstation 10. Every version since Workstation 8 on has supported windows 8, so you should have no problem installing a windows 8 virtual machine.