New VMware ESXi build

Purpose: Home use - development & testing using VMware ESXi 5 w/ 8 vms.

4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


1x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007


1x SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O ATX Server Motherboard Socket G34 AMD SR5650 DDR3 1333
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182230


1x Wintec 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ECC Registered Server Memory Model
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161458


1x Noctua NH-U9DO A3 AMD Opteron, 4 Dual Heat-pipe SSO Bearing Quiet CPU Cooler
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608022


1x AMD Opteron 6234 Interlagos 2.4GHz Socket G34 115W 12-Core Server Processor OS6234WKTCGGUWOF
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113030


1x SIIG Model CB-S20011-S1 2.46 ft. (75cm) Internal mini-SAS SFF-8087 to 4 x SATA Fanout Cable
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812191302


ALREADY Purchased:
1x Cooler master COSMOS 1000
- http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=2584


1x Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816117157


1x Corsair Professional Series HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX750)
- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090I9VZI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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  1. As long as everything is listed on the ESXi HCL then I can't see too many issues.

    The only suggestion is that as you're using large capacity SATA drives you might want to look at increasing the quantity and RAID6 them if the controller supports that, though as it's for lab use it's probably overkill.

    http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?aq=0&oq=vmware%20esxi%205%20hardwae&sugexp=chrome,mod=6&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  2. The RAID controller you have selected here is a software-RAID solution. I'd suggest looking into a hardware RAID controller with onboard cache. This can greatly improve reliability and performance.

    Finding a compatible RAID controller is pretty critical for getting your ESXi setup running just right. Even in a custom system I've tended to go with the HP P410 SmartArray SAS RAID controller because I know they are compatible with the custom image for ESXi provided by HP. I picked up a P410/512MB with FBWC from Amazon recently for $300 which was a great deal.
  3. Thank you for pointing this out. I'm returning the current raid card.

    Amazon had only 1 P410/512MB in stock. I got it $288 + s&h. I love the fact this card comes with a battery backup. Thank you for your input!!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052UOZ5O/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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