I am also interested in one of the 2695s. But as I am from Europe I would like to ask for an advice concerning freight forwarder from USA to Europe.
I will be very grateful for information (PM or in here (if it is possible to put such an information in here)) about reliable forwarding...
on the beginning Cisco Packet Tracer and then maybe GNS3.
For CPT You do not need special hardware as it is not virtualizing stuff.
GNS3 needs better hardware but also gives much more possibilities.