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I am looking to build a rig to run (virtually) a web server on from home. This will be a small website with some heavy graphics/video, eventually with logins and users (although I don't foresee more than 100 "users" within the first year), and there will be an email client on it as well. In the future I would like to have the ability to add a couple of other smaller sites as well. Here are the components that I've come up with for the build, let me know if there is something I've got wrong, or if it'll be okay. I will be running Ubuntu either 11.10 or 12.04 and then running the virtual servers using Virtual Machine Manager. Any ideas, thoughts, comments are welcome; and if you need any other information let me know! Thanks!

Case:
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CD Drive:
ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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  • How many VM's?
  • How much ram per VM?
  • What's the SSD for?
  • Only 1 HD, no redundancy for your data? Personally I would get 3, make a Raid 5 array.
  • Why the maxiumus? You could probably save some coin on a cheaper board that doesn't have nearly as many PCI/PCI-E slots.

Edited by herkalurk - 5/11/12 at 1:11pm
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- 1 VM to start out with, but eventually getting up to no more than 4.

- Probably go with between 2 and 4 GB, whats your recommendation?

- Figured SSD for the main host OS. Is there any positive to having one with my setup, if not, I won't include it. Just seemed like a standard thing on most newer rigs.

- I like the thinking, that part totally slipped my mind! There won't be that much need for a lot of storage space, I don't believe, should I go with 3 500GB @ 7200RPM?

- No reason for the maxiumus, just picked out a motherboard that seemed semi-quality. You have any suggestions for boards with less, but still what I need?

Thanks for the help!! Greatly appreciated!
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I'm just wanting you to justify the need for a SSD. They can be useful in servers that need the high I/O, but your VMs will most likely be stored on the Raid array. Honestly you could create the raid array, and make a 40-60GB partition for the OS and swap. As for a mobo, I would need to take a look around. It seems like you only need a Mobo that supports 32 GB ram, an i7 2700, and 4+ sata III connections.
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You probably want a regular i7 2700, not 2700K, for the additional VT-d support. That's where I made my mistake and got the i7 2600K. Well it wasn't a mistake, because it still runs ESXi fine, but an i7 2600/2700 is basically a consumer version of the Xeon series, with maybe a bit less L3.
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Could I do everything on a larger SSD, instead?
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Could I do everything on a larger SSD, instead?

If you don't have a specific need for high I/O, go with more space rather than uber speed. I really don't think with what you're describing you will actually use the extra iops the ssd will give you.

As for mobo, this will do everything you wanted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131825

Is there a reason you went with a Micro ATX board in a standard sized case?
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The case issue was just an oversight, didn't even notice it. And thanks for the board option!
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New (Updates in bold) List:


Case:
IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case


CD Drive:
ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x2


Motherboard:
ASUS P8H77-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU:
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K


RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL



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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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I wasn't saying to get a smaller case. Personally I would use the mid tower case, but get a full ATX mobo to have extra PCI slots for expansion later on. By using a Micro ATX you will hinder any future expansion. In my home server I have a full ATX board, I'm using all on board Sata ports at this time, and have room to add an expansion card via PCI-E x1 or X16 for a Sata raid card for more drive, should I need them. It may be cheaper now, but needs change in 1, 2 and definitely 3 years time.
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