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Need advice on new system for running VMs

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December 2, 2011 11:57:36 AM

My old system is gasping for air with only 4GB RAM. Need to upgrade and make sure there is more than sufficient capacity for now.

I am targeting 16GB RAM, Mobo/CPU/RAM/Video card whatever is recommended here.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week (by 12/10/11)

Budget Range: < $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Running VMs (VMware Workstation), email/internet on host. Running dual monitors.

Parts Not Required: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitors (I run dual monitors)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Had good luck with ASUS in past, not sure if that's best for new configuration.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - I am not a gamer, don't know if this is important, please advise.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 is what my current monitors are set at - don't know if thats a monitor or card limitation, but its sufficient for stated purpose.

Additional Comments: Need sufficient performance for running several VMs (one with SQL Server) and general simultaneous desktop usage (email, internet, MS Office) on host.

Parts already selected:

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else will depend on CPU platform selected.
December 2, 2011 12:12:30 PM

It appears from reading similar threads that I would be better served by running Win 2008 on the host (to gain better CPU and disk utilization).

Is this a correct assumption ?

I have stayed away form it in the past because some of my favorite software either won't run on a server OS or the cost for server version is just too expensive. Perhaps I could just run a separate Win 7 VM for day to day desktop functions in order to run everything I want to there.
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