building a personal server ....

pasch

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Hi,

I am planning to take microsoft certification exams such as 70-640,70-643,70-646. I have read several threads here but they seem not fit for my needs.

So what i need in terms of performance is a server that would allow me to practice concepts such as Active Directory, Domain controllers, Hyper V and other Windows Server 2008 R2 services.


Since i would like to use just one server PC and use Hyper V to create 4-8 virtual machines alongside other client computers in hyper v mode.


The server does not need to be active 24/7.


What are the hardware requirements for such a server?
 

pasch

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Well between 300 to 500 dollars- I would also like to use the same system for personal use like gaming/software applications with graphical demands. I was thinking of a system with 8GB ram or more -the processor, mainboards, is what am still confused about. But the main OS is windows server 2008 r2 sp1/windows 7. Thanks for your reply, looking forward to your suggestion.
 
Something along these lines should sever well:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M4A88T-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC 6T10LITE MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.09 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS324-99 DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $483.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-01 10:13 EDT-0400)
 

pasch

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Hi,

Thanks for the information; as i live in Europe. I can not find the memory you recommended on any online store here. Can you kindly state another memory?
 

pasch

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You never mentioned a CPU cooler-or was that also included in the hardware requirements you disclosed above?