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Help:Want to make a Box on which i can run Virtual machines and servers

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August 12, 2013 2:04:37 AM

I am looking to make a box on which i will be primarily using for my Lab where i will be installing Virtual Machines , and testing SCCM2012 (Infrastructure Management tool) i will be installing server OS , client OS etc on these VM .
Please guide me on this , i am little confused:
Regarding Processor i am confused between AMD FX 8350 or Intel i5 3570k(Please suggest me which would be better) and suitable motherboard.
RAM :16GB
My Budget is around 40K(INR)

Please help me on this
Thanks in advance...

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August 12, 2013 2:31:14 AM

We run 4 VMs (1 x XP-Pro w/SQL server & Visual Studio for product development, 1 x XP-Pro and our accounts package, 2 x Linux development) on our venerable Debian server with VMWare Player - 16GB RAM and an ancient Phenom I 9650 quad-core CPU.

CPU isn't that important imho - as long as you have enough cores to devote to the tasks in hand, personally I'd go for the 8350. We've found that enough RAM & overly fast storage are more important. VMWare Player has been 100% stable for us for several years, though we do make several backups a week just in case ;) 
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