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I've posted in other sections looking for specific suggestions on parts but I'm thinking that a general thread on what I need overall would be more beneficial at this point. I'm building a home server to use as a VM lab environment. Mostly going to be testing out Server 2012 and MS VDI environment. The server will also be used to transcode video (multiple files at once sometimes) using Plex Media Server. I'm looking for component advice. I'd prefer to keep the build small in terms of space and under $1,000. I can pick up parts at MC so their CPU prices are def. on the table. I was thinking of getting two 128GB SSD's to use for my VM storage internally (will replicate to a SAN).

Thoughts? Suggestions?

I'm very much considering just using VMware Workstation so a Win7 PC build with an i7 and 32GB of RAM could suffice, but I'd like to consider all my options.

EDIT: What do you guys think of this build?

CPU - $230
Memory - $210
PSU - $45
SSD's(x2) - $200

Total so far: $475
Budget: $1000

I'm still trying to figure out which motherboard, RAM, and case to get. I'd like to be able to get a mild OC (4.2-4.5Ghz) with my i7.
Edited by PuffinMyLye - 3/8/13 at 9:08pm
post #2 of 17
what i'd like to ask is if you were going with the igpu on the i7 or were you going with a discrete card?

if you're getting a discrete and won't need an ipgu you might want to consider a E3 xeon, has hyperthreading of an i7 with slight more cost than an i5:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $544.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 14:57 EST-0500)



edit:
a B75 board only has one sata 6gbs port and i don't think that would do if you are looking at getting two SSDs. a H77 motherboard would be cheaper and though the E3 dosen't have an unlocked multi, the Z77 board does give you better options to tweak the turbo boost in the BIOS.


cheers!
Edited by looniam - 3/8/13 at 12:08pm
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post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by looniam View Post

what i'd like to ask is if you were going with the igpu on the i7 or were you going with a discrete card?

if you're getting a discrete and won't need an ipgu you might want to consider a E3 xeon, has hyperthreading of an i7 with slight more cost than an i5:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $544.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-08 14:57 EST-0500)

I was planning on going integrated. Also, are you suggesting the E3-1230 based on price or do you think it would just flat out outperform the 3770K? Keep in mind I can get the 3770K for $229 at MC.
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I was planning on going integrated. Also, are you suggesting the E3-1230 based on price or do you think it would just flat out outperform the 3770K? Keep in mind I can get the 3770K for $229 at MC.

get the i7 thumb.gif
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get the i7 thumb.gif

Cool. Thanks for the suggestions thumb.gif.
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Only issue I see with the i7-3770K is the lack of VT-d, so if if you need the I/O-device support for your VMs that may pose an problem.
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Only issue I see with the i7-3770K is the lack of VT-d, so if if you need the I/O-device support for your VMs that may pose an problem.

Hmm, what limitations do you think this could place on my setup?
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Hmm, what limitations do you think this could place on my setup?
It depends on the specific needs of the programs you are using. If you need the use of a RAID controller in your system that the VMs need direct access to, then VT-d may be of some importance but your devices need to support VT-d as well.
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It depends on the specific needs of the programs you are using. If you need the use of a RAID controller in your system that the VMs need direct access to, then VT-d may be of some importance but your devices need to support VT-d as well.

I won't be using internal RAID. All my VM's will be on local SSD's and the only RAID array they'll be accessing will be a SAN that'll be connected via iSCSI.
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Bump for OP edit.
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