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Hi All,
I'm building my first system. Here are the parts I'm considering:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 V2 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (€212.89 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard (€132.43 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (€109.66 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (€145.00 @ Amazon Deutschland)
Case: Silverstone SST-SG05B-USB3.0 (Black) Mini ITX Desktop Case w/300W Power Supply (€95.00)
Keyboard: Apple MB110LL/B Wired Standard Keyboard (€48.99)
Total: €743.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 15:53 CEST+0200)

My considerations in picking these components are as follows: I am mostly going to be use this system for web development and word processing. However, I also want to play around with virtualization. For this reason, I've chosen a XEON cpu and not something like the i5-4570K, which I was also considering. My understanding is that the XEON and the mobo I've chosen here support vt-x and vt-d.

Does anyone have any advice? Have I thought about this all wrong? Am I missing something really basic, a compatibility problem that I just don't see for lack of experience.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers!
post #2 of 4
if you are playing with visualization I would strongly recommend you go with a mATX and a SG10 case so you can have the maximum amount of RAM possible. i don't generally recommend SFF for virtualized servers since there is limited "resource" you can dedicate to each virtual machine. with a matx you can at least get enough RAM resource and maybe use a RAMdrive for temp/cache drive.
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Originally Posted by psyclum View Post

if you are playing with visualization I would strongly recommend you go with a mATX and a SG10 case so you can have the maximum amount of RAM possible. i don't generally recommend SFF for virtualized servers since there is limited "resource" you can dedicate to each virtual machine. with a matx you can at least get enough RAM resource and maybe use a RAMdrive for temp/cache drive.

I definitely see your point!! Unfortunately, because I move a lot this needs to be a SFF machine. I'm not going to be doing super heavy virtualization, at most three different OSs, and I maxed the memory to 16GB, so I'm hoping that'll be sufficient.
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Originally Posted by fraxture View Post

because I move a lot this needs to be a SFF machine.

There are some more compact mATX cases such as this Zalman ZM-T2 mATX tower case. It isn't as compact as the SG05, but still reasonably compact for being able to handle mATX.
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