Saturday, December 1, 2012

New PC - Nexus 1000V here I come!

As per my previous post, I have been in the market for a new PC for a little while now and have finally made a purchase. The specs can be found below.

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC V2
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520
HDD1: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
HDD2: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
HDD3: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
Screen: 27" Acer V273HL Acer V273HL FHD LED Backlight Monitor

Total Price: About $1,750

The reason for I opted for the Intel Core i7 3770 instead of the 3770K (as was originally planned) is due to the 3770's VT-d support. It was a difficult giving up the overclocking capabilities provided by the 3770K, however, as virtualisation is one of my primary goals I knew which way I had to go.

In regards to the GPU, I like to game from time to time so thought I'd treat myself with a half decent graphics card.

In regards to the two SSDs - as I plan to use several VMs concurrently, I didn't want my HDD to become a bottleneck. By having two SSDs I will be able to spread my VMs across both of them.

In regards to the 16gb of RAM, I thought I'd give it a try to see how well it performs but will most end up purchasing another 16gb as virtual machines tend to consume a heck of a lot of RAM.

Anyway, now that I have my new machine, it is time to get started adding a Nexus my lab!

Before I end this post I just want to throw out a huge thank you to the guys over at PCCG. They provided me with excellent customer service, were very friendly, and had the machine ready to go within 24 hours. Their prices were also one of the best I could find. I can't recommend them enough.

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