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Hardware advice for VMware desktop

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September 18, 2012 6:40:21 AM

Hello,

I am not really sure where this question belongs, but I thought I would try here.

I am trying to build a daily use desktop computer that can also run a couple of test environments when needed. What I am trying to figure out is the hardware I should choose. I have a few questions

1. Are there any real advantages of using an LGA2011 vs LGA1155?
a. How much advantage is there to using an i7-3930K over a i7-3920?
b. What is better, the i7-3770K or the i7-3930K? Why?
2. Would I benefit from using a Ramdrive for disk caching? (Asus P9x79)
3. What would you recommend for drives? (see test environment below). I was planning to use one SSD for OS/applications and one SSD for VMware with mirrored cavier blacks for data storage.
4. Is there anything else I should consider?

The host system will probably be Windows 8 or maybe Windows 7. 64 bit. It depends on when I build it and if the OS matters to VMware/other software.

The test environments will be run through VMware Workstation (I do not have a choice here). I do not need lots of snapshots and will probably never run more than the host and one virtual environment at the same time. The virtual environments will be running ERP systems on Windows 2008 R2 server. The environment requires a minimum of 8GB of RAM, dual core or better processor and 138GB of disk space. IOPS matter, so it is best to use an SSD drive for this type of application.

For sake of argument, assume my other test environment is a Windows 8 box.

Thanks,

J
September 18, 2012 11:03:12 AM

Go for as much RAM as your motherboard supports.

LGA2011 has better connectivity and quad channel RAM. It may actually be worth getting it for the additional RAM speed, and the option to go hexacore.

3930k has 6 cores where as the 3920XM has 4, and increased cache.

3930k is better than 3770k due to extra cores and cache.

The crucial M4s are very quick with both compressible and incompressible data.

I think that's largely it. If this machine is going to be used a lot with VMs I would suggest going with the i7-3930K and as much RAM as you can get in the motherboard.
October 27, 2012 5:30:03 AM

Thanks - went with 3930,64gb and Samsung 830s
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