~$2000 Workstation

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800): $2,000-$2,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Will be using Win 2008 R2 as operating system because I need to use Hyper-V virtualization for testing.

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS): Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor i7, 16-24 GB Ram, SSD Drive (256GB), 1 TB secondary drive

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, dual monitors

Additional Comments:

I haven't built a system in about 2.5 years so I'm a little behind in the newest Mobos, etc.

The system will be used as my primary work computer and I need to do testing using virtual machines with Hyper-V so I obviously need a lot of RAM and would like an SSD as my primary drive for boot and programs. The processor can be a mid-range i7.

Any recommendation for any of the components would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. If you are running massive VMs, I recommend a true workstation/server. Something like this:

    HAF 912 $60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    2x Xeon 5506 $ 470: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117186

    OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD for OS + programs $240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551
    (You can RAID0 these if you really need more storage).

    XFX 650W $110 (Note, needs separate Molex to 8pin CPU, ~$5) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002
    See edit.

    ASUS Z8NA-D6C $260: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131378

    2x 500GB F3s for storage in RAID1 $110: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    2x 3*2GB Crucial DDR3 ECC RAM $325: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148259

    EVGA GTX460 (mainly due to good OpenGL performance, don't need much of a high end workstation card for VM, a cheap nVidia GTS210/220 will do) $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130562

    Total: $1,742.06 before rebates.

    Note: I just copied this from one of my previous posts, you can change the GTX460 and you will need to add CPU heatsinks.

    You can see my entire post here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296795-31-cyberpower-configurator-sept-2010-custom-build-solution

    Also note, Sandy Bridge will be out by December. You may want to consider waiting. HOWEVER, I don't think you will see any Sandy Bridge server boards (esp. 2P)/CPUs for a while so you may build now. It's up to you.

    edit:
    Swap the above PSU with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&Tpk=XFX%20750
  2. Shadow,
    Thanks for the quick response.

    I will be using the vm's only a portion of the time and it is not something that I need to leave running all the time.

    I will be using the system for my daily use also for web, email, etc.

    I would like a little more than 12GB for when I do have to run a few vm's and more on-board usb ports.
  3. Quote:
    I would like a little more than 12GB for when I do have to run a few vm's and more on-board usb ports.

    Why exactly do you need more RAM? How much do you reserve for the VM? You should be fine with a 2x 4GB VM running at once.

    As for USB, you can use a hub or PCI USB.

    If you really want more than 12GB get 2x sets of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220423
  4. Shadow,
    What would be the advantage of having the Xeon processors instead of the i7? Are the Xeon processors good for normal day-to-day computing when I'm not using the VM's?
  5. ^ No. The only reason I used the Xeons is because it is needed for 2P set up.

    If you are running a 1P set up, there are a few advantages to Xeon such as the ability to use ECC RAM. That's pretty much it. In every other sense, they are the same thing as i7s except a bit higher binned (read: usually use less vCore).
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