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February 16, 2013 10:55:47 PM

Hi everyone. I'm going to be using this machine to run anywhere from 2-6 VMs at a time and maybe some light gaming like D3 and SC2. Will probably have 2-3 servers and 2-3 workstations running at any given time as I study for certifications. My budget is $650 before shipping. Here is what I put together on Newegg and it comes out to ~648 before shipping. Let me know if everything will work together and if I should cut costs anywhere? I already have all peripherals/OS/monitors/and extra HDD's for storage. Thanks.

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU: Rosewill Stallion Series RD600 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU: HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 16, 2013 11:14:12 PM

your rig wont survive 6 vms let alone 3. you would need quite a bit more power in the CPU department to get started
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February 17, 2013 1:09:49 AM

Thx for getting back to me. What would you recommend? Would an i5-2500k be an ok option for this? I'm on a pretty tight budget unfortunately.
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February 17, 2013 1:12:19 AM

A xeon 1230 V2 + h77 or z75 board will be a good choice, the extra four threads of the xeon will be more useful than the i5-2500k for such tasks.
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February 17, 2013 2:57:29 AM

The xeon is still be a better cpu, if you want an amd cpu get the FX-8350.
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February 17, 2013 12:28:50 PM

fx 8320 is a better idea than the 8350. overclock can be done to save your 20 bucks. the xeon route is also good if you want to save on power and run the system cooler.

bulldozer sucks. dont bother with those
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February 27, 2013 11:26:08 AM

Ended up going with build listed in original post, but got an FX-8150 8 core and upgraded to a 256GB Samsung SSD. Build is stable and running great so far. Running 2 Domain Controller's, 1 file/print server, and Win 7 client on Oracle Virtual box plus host machine with no lag. Temps getting up to about 52 celcius when all are running at same time. Overall very happy with build for $800, and will serve purpose of studying for MCSE. Thanks for help everone.
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February 27, 2013 11:40:15 AM

the 8150 is pretty terrible. why would you ever get that chip? the 8320 performs 10% faster, uses 10% less power and is the same price
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February 27, 2013 1:28:52 PM

thx for the advice troll! hahaha
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