i7 or i5 for Virtual Machines Tags: CPUs Intel i7 Intel i5 Product Last response: January 7, 2011 9:48 PM in CPUs Share tom3k07 January 7, 2011 5:43:13 AM I decided to go with this board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131621 However, I plan on running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux using VirtualBox or VM Ware. My questions is as follows; Is the i5 good enough or should I go with an i7? I plan on having 8GB of ram. More about : virtual machines LePhuronn a b à CPUs January 7, 2011 9:38:53 AM If you get the quad-core i5 760 then you're good - the only difference with the i7 is the Hyperthreading which I don't think makes much of a difference with VMs. RAM is the big thing here. 8GB should be OK, but the money you'd save on sticking with the i5 should give you a big boost up to 16GB - plenty of 16GB kits on Newegg $200-$300 m 0 l analytic January 7, 2011 6:34:11 PM The link is broken. May I suggest an SSD? It will make a difference. In that case do not defrag your VM OSes even if VMWare recommends it. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer blackhawk1928 a b à CPUs January 7, 2011 9:48:01 PM Yeah, I have an i7 and have plenty of VM's. I only have 6GB of ram though so I run usually 1-2 at the same time, but my the performance seems excellent. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources How many virtual machines can you run in i5 2500 processor Forum SolvedHow well do Virtual Machines on an Athlon II 760k Forum SolvedRegarding virtual machines and antivirus tools Forum SolvedNeed a programming, virtualization, photo editing build. Intel i7 3770 or i5 or AMD FX series? Forum SolvedNo option to create virtual machines through Hyper V? Forum SolvedCant boot 64bit Virtual Machines Forum SolvedWhich of these build is best for Gaming, Rendering, and using Virtual Machines? Forum SolvedExtremely Compact OC'd beast machine, i5 or i7? Forum PC upgrade for professional development (Virtual Machines) Forum SolvedHelp:Want to make a Box on which i can run Virtual machines and servers Forum Virtual Machines on Server 2012 Forum SolvedStorage requirements for running virtual machines Forum Like to build a PC to create 6-7 virtual machines to create virtual networks for testing. VMs take a lot of RAM! Need power t Forum LED Keyboard lights turn off in Virtual machines Forum SolvedLinux as a Host OS for virtual machines Forum CPU For Virtual Machines Forum SolvedAdvice for build optimized for Virtual Machines Forum SolvedQ8200 vs E6400 for Virtual Machines Forum Solved1500$ build for running virtual machines Forum Best hardware configuration for running 5 virtual machines Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !