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December 10, 2010 3:02:18 PM

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=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (x3 for 24GB) - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SPARKLE SX84GS256D2LDPP GeForce 8400 GS - $25 (Gotta Plug a Monitor in how and then)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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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December 13, 2010 4:55:58 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Systems to section Business Computing by Jpishgar
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December 15, 2010 4:59:13 PM

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=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (x3 for 24GB) - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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.
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December 21, 2010 6:14:53 PM

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.
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December 21, 2010 6:57:49 PM

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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December 21, 2010 11:13:13 PM

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December 22, 2010 5:42:28 PM

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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