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August 8, 2011 12:32:39 PM

Hi everyone, I am new here although a long time lurker. I am building a home server that I plan to do some virtualization. Here are the specs of my build. Please let me know what you think, or any parts I should consider changing/improving. Thanks

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
EVGA 01G-P3-1312-LR GeForce 210 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Intel Core i7-2600k
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb
LG CD/DVD Burner

I have a case coming in as well. I was originally going to get the i7-2600 since I didnt feel I needed the extra gpu support that comes with the K on a server. I ended up getting it cause of the great deal I got when bundled with the board. You'll notice RAM is missing from the list. I need a dual channel kit and would like to go with 16gb (4 x 4gb). What do you guys recommend? And noob question but found a 4x4gb kit for a great price, latency is 9 though and it is quad channel. What do you think? Will this work or be pointless?? Thanks a lot

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August 8, 2011 12:54:42 PM

^ Any specific reason for the Deluxe board ? Also the Gefore 210 ??
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August 8, 2011 1:06:32 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Any specific reason for the Deluxe board ? Also the Gefore 210 ??

I was able to get it for a good price and it offered everything i needed/wanted. I also liked the z68 chipset. Reason for the Geforce 210 was just to have a basic video source. I didnt want anything fancy or raise the cost of the build since it wont really be doing anything requiring great graphics. As a server, id mostly rdp into it and dont plan on having a monitor set up to it once its all complete.
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August 8, 2011 1:18:12 PM

^ The Z68 boards have HDMI/ DVI outputs which is powered by the Intel 3000 on-chip graphics which is pretty powerful even for Full HD encode/ decode,... So I doubt you would need that 210,...

RAM - it depends,... how many VMs are you planning to run on this machine ? If 2 or 3, then maybe 8GB would do,... If more, then get 16GB,...
As for the 4x 4GB, it would work fine on that board, also it would run in Dual-Channel only,... CAS 9 is fine,...

PSU - Get the Antec HCG 750W, they are in the same price range as the EA, but are better,...
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August 8, 2011 1:30:19 PM

gkay09 said:
^ The Z68 boards have HDMI/ DVI outputs which is powered by the Intel 3000 on-chip graphics which is pretty powerful even for Full HD encode/ decode,... So I doubt you would need that 210,...

RAM - it depends,... how many VMs are you planning to run on this machine ? If 2 or 3, then maybe 8GB would do,... If more, then get 16GB,...
As for the 4x 4GB, it would work fine on that board, also it would run in Dual-Channel only,... CAS 9 is fine,...

PSU - Get the Antec HCG 750W, they are in the same price range as the EA, but are better,...


Thank you, I didnt realize that about the graphics. However, this particular board doesnt seem to have any on board video outputs. I am planning on running around 4-5 VM's with Ubuntu Server as the host. I'll do my research on the power supply to see the difference, thanks for that recommendation. And I'll pick up the memory today. It the G Skill Ripjaw series DDR3 sdram 1600 in quad channel. But like you said it would run in dual. Thanks for the input!
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August 8, 2011 1:35:02 PM

^ Ohhh ya I missed that its the Deluxe board,... Have you purchased it ? For how much are you getting it for ? You should know that even ~$150 boards should be fine for your needs, also have video o/p thus eliminating the need for the 210,...
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August 8, 2011 1:38:19 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Ohhh ya I missed that its the Deluxe board,... Have you purchased it ? For how much are you getting it for ? You should know that even ~$150 boards should be fine for your needs, also have video o/p thus eliminating the need for the 210,...

Thanks, yea I tend to go a little overboard. But I got the board for 220 and the ge210 after rebate would only run me $20 bucks.
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August 8, 2011 2:21:26 PM

gkay09 said:
^ Hmm if you have bought it, then its fine,...
Also newegg right now has Shell Shocker deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yep, those are the ones I was asking about being in quad channel. Great price and will pick those up today. Thanks a lot for all the help. Next up would be a nas box!
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