i7 or i5 for Virtual Machines Tags: CPUs Intel i7 Intel i5 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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove LePhuronn CPUs Master 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-$300 | Report abuse analytic January 7, 2011 6:34:11 PM The link is broken. May I suggest an SSD? It will make a difference. In that case do not defrag your VM OSes even if VMWare recommends it. | Report abuse blackhawk1928 CPUs Expert January 7, 2011 9:48:01 PM Yeah, I have an i7 and have plenty of VM's. I only have 6GB of ram though so I run usually 1-2 at the same time, but my the performance seems excellent. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>i7 or i5 for Virtual Machines> Related ressources: Forum1500$ build for running virtual machines ForumI7 3770 vs 3770k - Virtual Machines Forum$2000 New Build for running Virtual machines / HTPC /File Server ForumWhich laptop will be good for running Virtual Machines ? ForumHow many virtual machines can you run in i5 2500 processor ForumDell Studio 15 with core i5 540M or i7 720QM ??? ForumNeed advice for buying a new laptop: i5 or i7 ForumI5 2500K upgrade to i7 3820? ForumCore i5 3470 or Core i7 920 ? ForumI7 or i5 ForumChoosing a Processor i5 or i7 ForumMultiple Virtual Machines simultaneously? Forum$1500 System for Video Editing and Virtual Machines ForumXonar Phoebus & Quality Sound Forum[Solved] Virtual MS DOS 6.22 Guest ??? heats Dell Alienware Aurora ALX Desktop' ForumE Machines T5234 ForumCPU for multiple Virtual PC's on Win 7 platform? Forum[Solved] Suggestions for this build, I don't know much about custom machines ForumWhat's the max no. of virtual machines that be run on a Core i7-980X? ForumHow to delete virtual drive More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !