Well, the obvious ideal would be a system that could use any processor, and had sockets for PCI (and modern variants) as well as podules and ISA cards (for legacy hardware) as well as the complete range of user-accessible connectors from firewire and SATA to BBC user and tube ports.
Seriously, though, the obvious advantages of having an x86 would be for hardware-supported emulation and FP. And there are probably better (ie superior power- or cost-to-MFlops ratio) solutions for the FP. At which point you find yourself calculating the number of 600MHz ARM 9 cores needed to emulate a top-end Athlon....
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