System Usage from Most to Least Important: Free Hypervisor (ESXi 5) w/ 10 VMs running various web servers, databases, Linux builds, test environments, and one Windows XP VM a thin client will boot into. (This is not for commercial use)
Parts NOT Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com, tiger direct)
Country: (e.g.: USA)
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU (keep cost down), 32GB+ RAM, after market fans etc NOTE: I have a Cooler Master Cosmos case
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: N/A
Additional Comments: One VM would include a file server w/ 6 Hard drives. I will need a raid controller card compatible with VMware ESXi 5
I also need mirroring for the ESXi host OS. So if the HD fails (with the host OS), I won’t lose my VMs.
Some components I looked at:
vSphere Hypervisor Requirements for Free Virtualization
CPU Minimum: Single socket, dual core Ideal: Dual-socket, 4 or more cores per CPU Memory Minimum: 2GB Ideal: 8+GB Network Minimum: one NIC, plus one for Management interface Ideal: One for Management Interface plus multiple NICs for VMs Local Storage (SATA/SAS) Minimum: one 80GB drive Ideal:2 mirrored drives, plus 4 RAID5 drives for VMs Shared Storage NFS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel for VM storage Max number of cores per physical CPU Unlimited Max number of physical CPUs per host Unlimited Max vCPU per virtual machine 8 RAM limit per server/host 32 GB.