Budget: Under $2,000
Processor : Preferd I7
Case: Hot Swappable Drives
Two Hot Spairs on standby
Host OS: Any
HD Size: 1T
VM OS: Latest windows server
Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse: Already have one
I will be building a system that will be hosting 1 VirtualBox VM Server. The key here is up time. This thing has to stay running 24/7. I am using a VM setup so if a major failure occurs with the hardware, I can quickly transfer the VM to a temp maching while repairs are being done. The hard drives need to be redundant with a failover raid system. This way if a drive goes down, the raid will move to a hot spare and keep going. I would like to manage the raid from windows. Hot swappable bays will be nice for removing drives that go bad.
The VM this computer will be hosting will have SQL Server running 24/7 that requires 16 Gigs of memory to run smoothly. So I guess the host needs 24 or 32+ gigs of memory to run smoothly?
I'm looking for some recommendations on some hardware combinations that should work great together. I do alot of my shopping at new egg, however it's not required.
-i assume that you are not going to use a GPU much so i put a low end GPU just to power the monitor
-the 3tb drives are enterprise grade, just not enterprise speed. i will assume that you are putting 2 drives in raid 1 and i added the other one as a spare
-the haf xm has 2 hot swap bays. not sure if that is enough
-xeons work fine in a x79 rig. 8 cores will be better than 6 in your case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-memory hardly fails. i didnt get ECC ram