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I'm getting ready to build a PC, mainly for school/cert training. I was thinking about getting the unlocked llanos, but I'm not so sure that it would support 4-6 *nix/ WinServer08 VMs when I need to start labbing. Would I be okay with a llano, or should I just go ahead and splurge and grab an i5 or i7?

Advice? Ideas?
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linux is pretty lightweight so llano would be fine but you would need very fast harddrives for 4-6 virtual machines
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Originally Posted by edalbkrad View Post

linux is pretty lightweight so llano would be fine but you would need very fast harddrives for 4-6 virtual machines
I have ran four at once and didn't notice any slowdown on standard 7200 RPM drives. Something I am missing?

Plenty of ram is needed for sure. Llano should be fine. If you decide to upgrade what about the FX 8 cores? Eight cores should be very helpful running 4-6 VM's.
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I was reading that FM1 is essentially dead and being replaced for next version of APU? I do want a little upgrade headroom so I changed my mind to go for a 1155 i5, that way I can grab ivy bridge at some point. I'm going to grab 16GB RAM, and I'm going to initially just run on a 2TB 5400 RPM HDD until I can afford a ~240GB SSD. Sound okay?

Also, how much of a performance increase will I realize with a 4 core /w HT vs a 4 core w/o HT? Worth the extra hundo? Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it.
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