Please Advice: Home Lab ESX server within $1000

Hello Friends,

This is my first question on this forum. Please do let me know if i have missed anything.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this week.

Budget Range: $1000 (Rupees ~56000, $1 = Rs 56)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ESX Server, WebServer, Trading systems.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country: India[City: Bangalore]

Parts Preferences: Intel/MASTER/ANTEC/NZXT/CORSAIR

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Will be hosting an ESX server for home lab with 3 Windows Server 2008 R2 VMs and 2 Linux VMs.

Case: Please suggest from MASTER/ANTEC/NZXT/CORSAIR


CPU : Intel Xeon E3-1230 or Intel Xeon Processor E5-2620 [Even though the Indian sites do not show them, these are available in local stores].

MotherBoard: Need suggestions for E3 and E5.

HD: I think 500 GB should be more than sufficient.

RAM: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Unbuffered Server Memory

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  3. Built the server with the following config for Rs 48000 [~$880]:

    Case: Cooler Master Silencio 550 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (RC-550-KKN1)
    CPU: AMD FX-Series FX 8150 8-Core 3.6 Ghz Processor (FD8150FRGUBOX)
    Mobo: Asus M5A99X-EVO 32GB DDR3 AMD Motherboard
    PowerSupply: Cooler Master GX 650W 650 Watts PSU
    Ram: 2 X Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz 
    HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA Internal Desktop Hard Drive (ST1000DM003)
    Optical: LG DVD Writer
    Graphics: Asus GeForce GT210 1GB DDR3 NVidia PCI E Graphics Card (EN210-SILENT-DI-1GD3-LP)

    Installed ESXi 5.0 free version, I don't need the licensed stuff :). Thanks a ton to the
    folks from "" and to the numerous posts on tomshardware on case/cpu/mobo.

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