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I'm looking to build a New Virtualization Server to try and house a large number of different Operating Systems running at the Same Time. Speed is of secondary concern since most of the systems will not be hit hard.

I currently have an ANTEC Sonata III with a 500watt PS "New In Box" that I will use for the system.
Don't worry about HDDs, I will pick them seperately. If you have any issues with any parts let me know.
I'm not gonna quibble over a few dollars, but I would want a reason to switch.

There will be moderate OCing at most, likely none.

Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz 12MB L3 Cache - $385
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117234

GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128456

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (x3 for 24GB) - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

SPARKLE SX84GS256D2LDPP GeForce 8400 GS - $25 (Gotta Plug a Monitor in how and then)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187108

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

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I'm considering waiting on "Sandy Bridge", but from what I can see the Q1 Mobos/Chipsets only support 4Dimms and a Max of 16GB of Ram. Does anyone have any different information?
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    This topic has been moved from the section Systems to section Business Computing by Jpishgar
  2. zenmaster said:
    I'm looking to build a New Virtualization Server to try and house a large number of different Operating Systems running at the Same Time. Speed is of secondary concern since most of the systems will not be hit hard.

    I currently have an ANTEC Sonata III with a 500watt PS "New In Box" that I will use for the system.
    Don't worry about HDDs, I will pick them seperately. If you have any issues with any parts let me know.
    I'm not gonna quibble over a few dollars, but I would want a reason to switch.

    There will be moderate OCing at most, likely none.

    Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz 12MB L3 Cache - $385
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117234

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (x3 for 24GB) - $300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

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    I'm considering waiting on "Sandy Bridge", but from what I can see the Q1 Mobos/Chipsets only support 4Dimms and a Max of 16GB of Ram. Does anyone have any different information?


    I cant give you a definitive reason why but if you're going to be running a Xeon and also running VMs then i'd recomend you use ECC ram instead of the desktop ram you've chosen. Im not sure if your mobo will support ecc ram however.
  3. I assume this is for home use and not for company use? It'll work but I doubt they'll run that great if you have 2 VMs open.
  4. riser said:
    I assume this is for home use and not for company use? It'll work but I doubt they'll run that great if you have 2 VMs open.


    I really suggest installing and running VMWare or ESXi sometimes.
    Virtualization software is a really great way to setup a very large lab environment with a limited number of hardware devices.
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  6. Yes, virtualization lets you run multiple hosts with limited hardware. What I was saying is that it probably wouldn't run that great since you're using consumer equipment. My small test lab runs off an IBM 366 4 proc, 32Gb ECC server.

    You're looking at running a couple VMs with a single proc and 8GB of ram. I know speed isn't an issue but if you're using ESXi you'll see some stability issues with the console freezing and various other issues if you try to run more than a handful of VMs at once.
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