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December 5, 2009 1:05:31 PM

Folks,

I have a project that requires I run VMWare, and run a number of apps on a single box in the background. I don't want to spend a great deal of $$ to make this happen, as this is just a proof of concept.

The apps I want to run include:

  • Sharepoint 2010 beta
  • VPN gateway
  • MS SQL 2008
  • MS CRM 4
  • NAS

    This system won't be pounded on - it's to be used as a sandbox for development and proofs of concept.

    Suggestions on motherboards, processors and memory is appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rick
    December 5, 2009 1:08:47 PM

    restorick said:
    Folks,

    I have a project that requires I run VMWare, and run a number of apps on a single box in the background. I don't want to spend a great deal of $$ to make this happen, as this is just a proof of concept.

    The apps I want to run include:

  • Sharepoint 2010 beta
  • VPN gateway
  • MS SQL 2008
  • MS CRM 4
  • NAS

    This system won't be pounded on - it's to be used as a sandbox for development and proofs of concept.

    Suggestions on motherboards, processors and memory is appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rick



  • Let me add... I don't want to sacrifice decent performance to save a couple of shekels. Just looking for a good, solid, reliable, cost-effective build! :D 

    Thanks!
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    December 6, 2009 8:04:16 PM

    bump...

    Anyone have a thought on this? Thanks in advance!
    Rick
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    December 7, 2009 4:47:39 AM

    Ok one for the low cost category hehe
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    December 8, 2009 11:45:13 AM

    batuchka said:
    Ok one for the low cost category hehe
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/khbz.jpg


    Appreciate the reply!

    Do you have any direct experience with this motherboard or the build in general? I've never used MSI stuff, other than the Nettop (Atom based) barebones.

    Thanks again,
    Rick
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    December 8, 2009 2:02:04 PM

    I have built with 785G from Biostar, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI but not this specific model (wished it was available where i'm at!) It's reliable as far as a 785G chipset goes from the reviews hehe Hmm other options for mobo include (you may want to study rear connectors, features, etc)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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