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Please Advice: Home Lab ESX server within $1000

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June 4, 2012 1:42:18 PM

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

June 5, 2012 2:15:32 AM

Can anyone please provide suggestions.
June 6, 2012 4:53:49 AM

bump... please help.
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June 10, 2012 2:45:46 AM

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.

June 20, 2012 2:58:57 AM

Admins please close the thread.