Desktop - PC, exclusively for VIRTUALIZATION and some minor stuff Tags: CPUs Virtualization npat January 20, 2013 3:41:01 AM I am a huge fan of this forum. I have gained some invaluable knowledge from the extremely knowledgeable members here. Today, I am in a need of some advice from the Gurus. Please oblige! I am in the process of building a Desktop – PC exclusively for VIRTUALIZATION. The Host – OS would be Windows 7, 64 – Bit There would be 2 ESXi hosts and multiple VMs (read, at least 10 including a Domain Controller, Active Directory, etc.) vMotion, FT, etc. should work flawlessly on this configuration. INTEL is quite costly for the purpose and hence, I am buying AMD. There is only a 1% chance that I would be playing games on this PC, or may be even less than that. Emails, Browsing, etc. are some of the basic tasks that I might do on it. The Mother-Board should have USB 3.0 and a very good sound driver, preferably 7.1 at least. If it has an HDMI Port, then it would be an added advantage. Should support Full HD. So, below is the planned configuration so far- AMD FX – 8350 ASUS M5A97 EVO R 2.0 (?) (Please suggest a board in this series) SEAGATE Barracuda 7200 rpm HDD Transcend 4GB X 4 = 16GB (Is CORSAIR better than Transcend?) CORSAIR comes with a 10-year warranty, while TRANSCEND comes with a 3-year warranty AMD RADEON 1GB Graphics Card – Model # 5450 I know it’s a basic card, but I am not into Gaming at all. Also, will it be compatible with the motherboard mentioned above? Cooler Master CMP-350 Cabinet (Does this come with an SMPS? If yes, then what rating?) Can extra fans be fitted on this cabinet? Please suggest a suitable SMPS rated at 500 Watts. Last but not the least, is heating going to be an issue with this configuration? I will be working mainly in a non-air conditioned environment, for 3 to 4 hours a day. Any help is highly appreciated!! More about : desktop exclusively virtualization minor stuff | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to npat Register or log in to remove Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>Desktop - PC, exclusively for VIRTUALIZATION and some minor stuff> Related ressources: ForumVirtualization PC ~$1400 ForumFull 3D gaming in virtual machine Forumpossible divergence in x86 virtualization technologies? ForumWhat's Windows Vista Worth? Play Guy's Guesstimating Game. ForumFirst Build - Graphic Design/ Minor Gaming ForumARM in PCs ForumGames all crash in Windows 7 7100 Forumscanning disks + unable to obtain exclusive access ForumAMD: Stubborn or just Dumb? ForumVirtualization Host Build ForumFull 3d Gaming in virtualization ForumAmd a6 apu vs fx4100 vs phenom 955 ? Forum$600-$1000 Gaming/ Virtualization /Linux PC ForumInterlagos and Valencia Discussion ForumMinor Artifacts on games ForumWill Ivy Bridge be worth it? ForumPentium G630 paired with GTX 650? ForumHP M8200 Desktop blue screen freezes restarts ForumSome help with the hardware combination ForumDesktop Computer for Editing Feature Length HD Film (AVCHD files) ? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !