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Home Lab PC - Virtual Host likely

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July 17, 2012 2:32:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
Now
Budget Range:
$1400 - $1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
research/multiple databases/Virtual host other guest OSs such as multiple instances of FC15, and one of FC17.
Parts Not Required:
Mouse,Keyboard,sound card
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
amazon/new egg
Country:
USA
Parts Preferences:
Intel 7 or Xeon. More cores the better
Overclocking:
Nope
SLI or Crossfire:
No preference
Monitor Resolution:
1680x1050 or larger
Additional Comments:
At minimum i require 12GB of ram, 1TB of disk. My feelings are not to go below an i7, i prefer xeon and or multi-processor if possible. More ram the better. System will be running multiple databases. Require a raid configuration to permit a level of disk redundancy. Would be running ESXi.

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July 17, 2012 4:02:56 PM

Very nice.. Thank you. What if we drop down from 6 cores to 4? I was playing with the site but im a enterprise network guy, lost my roots of the desktop component world. So outside of the ranking system not sure what i am looking at.
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July 17, 2012 4:36:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($204.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $1585.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Before you say anything, the only problem with that motherboard seems to be overclocking, which he isn't interested in. Instead you get an SSD +RAID5 for speed and redundancy. Best of all, after rebates we're still on budget.
July 17, 2012 4:46:31 PM

dont cheap on the power supply. get a 550w psu from xfx
July 17, 2012 4:57:09 PM

The Corsair is a great PSU.
July 17, 2012 4:59:29 PM

FinneousPJ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($204.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $1585.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Before you say anything, the only problem with that motherboard seems to be overclocking, which he isn't interested in. Instead you get an SSD +RAID5 for speed and redundancy. Best of all, after rebates we're still on budget.


When i reviewed that parts list it appears the CPU cooler is not compatible per the PCPartPicker website. Is this a false positive?
July 17, 2012 5:02:14 PM

Yeah I have no idea why it says that - it's compatible.
July 17, 2012 5:05:51 PM

it works as long as you have the lga 2011 mounting bracket
July 17, 2012 7:22:49 PM

TheBigTroll said:
it works as long as you have the lga 2011 mounting bracket

This something i will need to order additionally outside of this parts list?
July 17, 2012 9:57:27 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($204.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($193.25 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1563.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
I made a subtle change, removed Windows Professional and doubled the ram... Any issues with this build before i execute on this purchase?
July 17, 2012 10:59:40 PM

TheBigTroll said:
you need windows pro to use more than 16gb of ram


I am actually not installing windows at all but rather Fedora. I keep going between the various virtual platforms which may have caused the confusion.

Below is the updated parts list.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($204.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($193.25 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1566.07
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 17, 2012 11:03:16 PM

i would have suggested in getting a seasonic m12II 520w psu to make things quieter but i guess 430w is enough for your needs
July 17, 2012 11:04:05 PM

you also might want to consider using Linux since it is the best OS for server environments as well
July 18, 2012 11:06:42 AM

no problem. good luck building
July 18, 2012 11:23:34 AM

Brilliant and yes, GLHF ;) 
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