APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1300
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I want to run VMWare ESXi with a couple low intensity VMs,(development, testing, database) but the majority of the resources will be allocated to running a VM running Matlab. I will not do any gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg, but anywhere is fine. (Microcenter, etc.)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I plan to use the i7 860, but am open to suggestions.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: n/a
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Performance is primary, but energy consumption, heat, and noise are also important.
I am not sure about the following:
Video Card (I imagine something very cheap would work. Ideally I would like to use a Nvidia card in case I don't use VMWare I could use CUDA support for Matlab)
Power Supply (Energy efficiency is important)
CPU Cooler- Is the stock cooler/fan sufficient?
Network Card- I read somewhere that ESXi is very picky regarding onboard network cards.
Thanks for any help. I have built a dozen or so systems, but my last one was almost ten years ago and could use some suggestions.
Why 3 memory modules instead of 4 in dual channel mode?
You're missing at least one Intel NIC because the on-board NIC won't work. No hard disk(s) is in your list. If you plan on installing more than one hard disk, will you use RAID? If so, then you need a PCIe RAID controller. Did you visit http://www.vm-help.com//esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php before coming up with that list of components?