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Pretty much what the title says. I currently run ESXi 5.1 within VMware Player on an Elitebook with an i7 and 16GB of RAM. Well, needless to say it is not to happy with it.

This is for my lab, so I'll be running ~6 virtual machines. Aruba Clearpass - Airwave, Cisco ISE - Prime 1.2 - MSE and Microsoft Server 2008 R2. I may or may not do Cisco virtual MSE, sorta requires more AP's that I currently have on hand. I won't be giving each VM all the "Required" hardware needed, since it is a lab environment and there will only be a few wireless clients.

I am also on a budget, really only want to spend around $550 if possible. I know that might sound crazy to some of you. wink.gif

This will be built from scratch, and ESXi will be the OS, so Windows will not be a requirement. I'm looking at the following:
  • AMD FX 8320 - No Overclocking. Need 8 solid cores.
  • Micro ATX MB or Full ATX that can fit in a small case - Need something that can go up to 32GB of RAM. No gaming, onboard Radeon 3000 or 4000. USB 3.0.
  • 16GB of Non-ECC DDR3 1600 RAM - To start, will move to more later if needed
  • (2) 2TB 7200 RPM HDDs - Can also be 1.5GB drives. I may only be able to start with a single 2TB drive.
  • ~500 watt power supply - I won't be doing any overclocking or gaming. This will just be a 24/7 server.
  • Small case - Needs to be pretty small, looking for low noise too.

I can grab 2 and 4 port Intel NICs locally, so that will be fine. I will run ESXi on a USB 3.0 drive. Might possibly move to a small SSD later to do SSD caching. If you guys can get a small SSD added to the build of materials, and meet the budget, that would be awesome.

As for video, I will use internal. The only video this will be outputting is the ESXi CLI menu. I will be connecting to it via vSphere client, HTTPS and RDP. I will also like to keep it relatively quite, my main Rig is loud enough. I won't be doing any overclocking, keeping everything stock.

I made a quick build on Newegg and it came out to around $580 with a quick selection of random parts. I really just want to see what some of the seasoned guys have to say. This will be up and running 24/7 with 2 wireless controllers pumping data to it (Not a ton of data since it is a small lab network).

Any help is appreciated. Sorry it is a wall of text. Thanks. biggrin.gif
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CPU: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YU56/?tag=pcpapi-20
MOBO: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005POPRG8/?tag=pcpapi-20
RAM: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M0TF3W/?tag=pcpapi-20
HDD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRN2/?tag=pcpapi-20
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

Case: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TQ8T5O/?tag=pcpapi-20
total: $470
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I went ahead and went with the following:

-AMD 8320 8 Core processor
-Coolermaster GeminII S524 low profile HSF
-AsRock Extreme 3 970 ATX Mobo
-16GB of Corsair Vengence DDR3 Cas9 RAM
-Seagate 2TB 64MB NQC 7200rpm HDD
-Corsair CX500 Builder PSU 80 Plus
-CoolerMaster Elite 631 MiniATX case - Not using the PSU that comes with it.

Came out to ~$495 with shipping. Will add in the cost for a couple Dual Port Intel NICs. I think this should put me on a good start. What do you guys think?

Also, what do you guys think of pfSense? I don't feel like adding a dedicated router for this. I figure I could create a few networks with it, the just do a /30 network between one NIC port and my main router. That should give me an uplink.

Great thing is, when I am done with it, it will go to my wife. That'll make her happy. Always have to make the wife happy. thumb.gif
Edited by Biscuits_N_Gravy - 1/27/13 at 8:17pm
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If you don't mind me asking. Where did you purchase your components from? I'm doing a similar build and I can only get just below 600.
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If you don't mind me asking. Where did you purchase your components from? I'm doing a similar build and I can only get just below 600.

The Mobo was an open box item from Newegg. The HSF was also from Newegg.

The PSU, CPU, RAM, HDD and case were from Amazon with free shipping.

The 2 dual port pci-e Intel NICs were from eBay.

That's about it. thumb.gif
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Server built.

Idles at 11c. I am currently running windows 7 64bit on it. Was on an old drive from my wifes computer. Going to run stress tests on it to confirm everything is good.

I'll install ESXi on it next week. Then start loading it with VMs. So far everything is good. thumb.gif
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idles at 11c? god how cold is your room!
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idles at 11c? god how cold is your room!

It was around 60f in the room. Didn't have the heat on since we opened some windows to air out the house.

I think there is something wrong with the reading. I know it wasn't 50f in the room. Lowest it could have idled at was 15c. I'll have to check things when I get back to town.
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Could it be same bug as with the phenoms that it reads it about 10-15c low? that would then seem more realistic of 20-25c for yours
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Could it be same bug as with the phenoms that it reads it about 10-15c low? that would then seem more realistic of 20-25c for yours

I'll definitely double check when I get back into town. Don't want to think my temps are fine when they possibly may not be.

My PII x4 945 temp sensor was fine. It had more realistic tempurature readings. I'll see what the "Tuning Utility" and Bios say.

Thanks!
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Intel 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.36v ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB x2 Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB Donkey with Laser Pointer CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2008 Apple Cinema HD Display 23" Samsung 2443BWX Logitec K750 Solar & Steelseries Zboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair hx650w Corsair Graphite 600t Logitec M705 & Razer DeathAdder IAMS pet food Vet Clinic pad 
Audio
M-Audio Studio LX-4 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8320 Stock ASRock Extreme 3 970 ATX Radeon HD 2400 32GB Corsair Vengeance Black CL9  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB 64MB 7200RPM Seagate 320GB 16MB 7200RPM Seagate 500GB 16MB 7200RPM CoolerMaster GeminII S524 
OSPowerCaseOther
VMWare ESXi 5.1 Corsair CX500 80 Plus CoolerMaster Elite 361 Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
Other
Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" @ 2.7GHz Apple Logic Board Intel 3000 8GB Crucial 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 - 128GB Apple Super Drive Stock OSX Mountain Lion 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 13" Apple IPS Backlit Chiclet 
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