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# 109291 17-Sep-2012 14:13
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I'm looking to build a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V (standalone) machine. And I came across 2 potential ex-leased machines.

One is a server with Dual-CPU XEON 5130 @ 2.0GHz with 4GB RAM, and another is Dual-Core E8400 @ 3.0GHz with 4GB RAM.

My main task is to have 2 VMs running on Hyper-V, their operations are not intensive at all... Would it be sensible to pick the Dual-CPU despite lower clock speed option over slightly modern Dual Core E8400?

A potential twist to this, I could get 2x E8400 machines to run if I had to, but I would prefer to save some power usage.

I'd appreciate if anyone can give a good insight on this, and give a response fairly soon if possible.




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To be honest, for low usage requirements an e8400 should be fine. Be aware though that most of those systems will max out at 8GB RAM whereas the dual 5130 will go far higher (albeit RAM is more expensive). The 2 biggest things you need with virtualization are usually RAM and fast disks. Get at least 8GB (probably more like 16GB) RAM and a RAID card with battery backup write cache (BBWC). Sometimes its actually cheaper to buy brand new as DDR3 RAM is so much cheaper. IE you could do a core i3-2100 with server motherboard/16GB RAM for probably around $500.




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Zeon: To be honest, for low usage requirements an e8400 should be fine. Be aware though that most of those systems will max out at 8GB RAM whereas the dual 5130 will go far higher (albeit RAM is more expensive). The 2 biggest things you need with virtualization are usually RAM and fast disks. Get at least 8GB (probably more like 16GB) RAM and a RAID card with battery backup write cache (BBWC). Sometimes its actually cheaper to buy brand new as DDR3 RAM is so much cheaper. IE you could do a core i3-2100 with server motherboard/16GB RAM for probably around $500.


I can get the XEON 5130 unit for $400 and I can easily upgrade the memory as needed but I don't actually need high memory allocation or fast HDD as for the VMs that I'll be running them for iTunes servers for two different iTunes accounts.




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