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I7 VMWare Matlab Build

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June 5, 2010 10:01:07 PM

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.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: n/a

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Performance is primary, but energy consumption, heat, and noise are also important.


CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $279
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 3 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $389.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Partial Total: $875

I am not sure about the following:
Case
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.

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June 6, 2010 1:59:24 PM

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?
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