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Workstation for 4+ Virtual Machines

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October 11, 2012 4:42:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Purchase by December 2012
Budget Range: $1000-$1500 USD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Virtual Machines, Document Managemet software, Office 2010, Web browsing
Are you buying a monitor: No. I would like the option to upgrade to 3 monitors.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Reputable companies i.e.,,,
Location: USA, Central NJ
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Any stable brand will work
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 2x 24in Monitors
Additional Comments: I would like SATA 6.0gb/s ports, and USB 3.0 Ports and Headers, 1x 120GB+ SSD, 1x 1TB WD Black.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I will be starting a new job soon (YAY!!), the job consists of supporting and testing the companies software (Document Management software). I need a new workstation to handle the load of at least 4 Virtual Machines (VM). The guest OS's could consist of XP, Win 7, 2003, 2008 (R2), Host OS Win 7 x64 Professional. I also need the workstation to be stable.

In an effort to save money I have no issue using parts of my current desktop:

1 x OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
1 x Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
1 x ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
1 x ASUS EN9500GT TOP/DI/512M GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
1 x Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
1 x AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor HDZ550WFGIBOX
2 x Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Also, if anyone has suggestions for Virtual Machine software or Hypervisor software, I am open to suggestions. Currently I was looking to purchase Vmware Workstation 9.

Thanks in advance to any suggestions.
October 12, 2012 5:42:49 PM

October 14, 2012 5:27:06 PM

Bump because this appears to be a challenge.
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October 14, 2012 5:45:14 PM

whats your budget? Needs way more ram 4 gb is usually the min 1 VM.

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 USD

I was planning on 32GB of RAM 4x8GB Sticks, with the option to go to 8x8GB sticks.

Any suggestions for CPU / Motherboard Combination?

October 14, 2012 6:24:44 PM


Thanks for the info on VMware. Ill check out the forums for more information.

Thanks for your build.

Do you think i would see a large improvement from using this setup with my current video card?

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($202.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.48 @ NCIX US)
Total: $935.32

Thanks for the info

October 25, 2012 1:54:04 PM

Best answer selected by blsmith.