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#1 KiwiGlen

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:11 PM

Hi,

I'm thinking about building a Hyper-V VM Server and I'm after some feedback on my thinking.

I'm thinking of using the following hardware:
  • Lian Li PC-9FB Case
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-2500 CPU
  • Corsair CX600 Builder Series PSU
  • WD Black 2TB Hard Disk
  • 4X4G Kingston ValueRam DDR3-1333
I was hoping to use this rig for test VM's and a VM for my WHS 2011 server.

What do you guys think?

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:19 PM

Seems like a good selection, although preferably would like to keep the server (host) OS on a separate physical drive from the guests. Also might want to consider a second physical NIC; use one for host and VM management and the other is dedicated to VM traffic.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:04 PM

I'm still thinking about the Hard Drives, I thinking about RAID, but the Highpoint 2680 is very expensive in New Zealand for some reason, its around NZ$600 (over US $500) without any cables which puts it out of my price range and NewEgg won't ship to New Zealand, may have a look around and see if there are any other US sites that will ship here.

Good point on the NIC, they're pretty cheap so I may as well get one.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:06 PM

Build looks very good. I personally gave up on Kingston RAM due to the problems I had but the rest looks good. With the number of 2680's I have, I am glad I am not shopping in New Zealand. Good luck with your build and let us know what you end up with.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:54 AM

Yeah the prices of stuff here is a bit more expensive but for some reason the Highpoint cards are haps more.

Any susgestions on memory?

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:03 AM

I am a huge fan of GSkill. It has been flawless for me. Second choice is Corsair although I have had a bad set recently.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:39 PM

I've got Corsair ram in my other PC's.

What's the best speed RAM to get with that Motherboard/CPU?

the gigabyte sites lists the following memory speeds:
DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz

#8 Greg Welch

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 05:00 PM

I would go for the fastest so you could re-purpose/futureproof , whats a few $$


p.s. my server is using 12GB 1333 for 4 to 6 VM's with no problems

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