Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within 2 weeks
Budget Range: 2000 after rebates, taxes and shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hosting 3-8 non-production Windows/Linux VMs
Parts Not Required: optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca, any other Canadian site
Location: Toronto area, Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: Intel CPUs
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
This is the first time I build a system since the days of 25MHz 286s, so I could use some help in making sure I'm not doing anything too stupid... Thanks in advance!
Purpose for the build is to host study/test VMs for typical Windows/Linux infrastructure, virtualization technology itself (study ESXi) and network/security products (virtual routers, firewalls, load balancers, ...), along with a very light 'production' Win7 VM for family guests, kids, ... Estimate is having 3-8 VMs running during peak usage (again, study only), with 2 or 3 two heavier consumption VMs (4-6GB RAM) and the others in the 0.5-2 GB range. Would like to have as much compatibility with ESXi as possible (support for hyperthreading and VT-d is highly desireable) but will try out other hypervisors as well (HyperV, Xen, ...).
Expected lifespan is 3 years (meaning not ripping out mobo/CPU, but adding memory or storage after initial purchase is OK.)
Some of the thinking that went into this is:
- choose new/recent components for future-proofing
- 32GB assuming 2GB HyperV host + 18GB heavy VMs + 8GB 'light' VMs. chose mobo that can go beyond 32GB (with half slots still free) for scalability protection
- use SATA III for SSD and SSD for ASUS cache offload