[Edit] restated question trying to emulate a different format found in this request more closely.
I'm looking to have a mid-level virtualization and media server for an extended home environment, and I am looking to spend in the neighborhood of $1,000 (+/-$100) for the core components (MOBO, CPU, and Memory), as I have a case, a single power supply, and several HDD/SSD options on hand already. It will be running Windows Server with either server or client OSes for 2-6 simultaneous home users.
I'm used to AMD architecture, but I'm quite open to Intel if the costs seem to make sense, in terms of power to run it vs initial layout. Since the architecture is closely intertwined with the CPU and MOBO, I'm not sure how it's practical to separate the two, but I would say let's focus on the motherboard
- At least 32 GB (preferably 64GB) of non-ECC RAM (because I'm not made of money)
- At least 8 cores/threads
- Gigbit LAN (preferably 2 ports) or , for NAS access
- no bigger than Full ATX
- Lots of USB, SATA or PCI-E (whatever comes with is probably fine)
- Graphics interface (onboard or not doesn't matter to me)