Virtualization Build (on the cheap)

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I plan on building the following system for virtualization. I'll will be used in my home lab - not much required except the ability to boot off the mobo and contain 1 SSD & 1 SATA drive. Take a look and let me know if this is sufficient. Thanks in advance for the advice.

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Power Supply - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Motherboard - ASUS E35M1-M PRO Fusion AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

 

CaedenV

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well... how many virtural machines are we talking about? This would probably be fine for 1-2 instances (depending on the workload). Just be sure that the CPU and mobo both support virturalization.
 

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I can't confirm whether the ASUS E35M1-M PRO combo supports virtualization. I checked the ASUS & VMware sites and found nothing. There is a blog or two about these systems running VMware 4.0. I'd like to see it documented before making the purhase.
 

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So, I've been kicking this list around all day. Wondering what else I could use this for. The answer is not much. If I ever wanted to break-down this system and maybe convert to a gaming system, I would have to buy better parts again and/or get more power. I decided to create another build. This one is a little more expensive but should provide enough power/expansion to do whatever I need in the next 6 months, maybe into 2013. So here it is.

Case - MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Storage HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Storage SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

MoBo - ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
 
Very nice build. Looks like it could be a monster gaming machine with a decent GPU. With that setup you should be able to run at least 7 VMs with 3GB each.

What OS do you plan on using? You will need at least windows 7 pro 64bit to support more than 16GB of RAM.
 

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I made a couple changes moving to AMD to recoup some $$$. Here's the new build:

Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Mobo - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
NIC - Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Network Adapter
PSU - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...
RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBSR1
CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I not exactly sure about the RAM but it is dual-channel and matches the board spec. This build ends up being about $200-300 less than the other build. I may swap out G Skill for the Corsair for this build. I'll have to do some more research.
 

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