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I'm gonna spec a new computer, used for running VMWare Worksation. The computer will be running a few virtual machines - A dev machine running VS-2010, a build machine, a version-control machine, a web server for testing, a "personal" machine running office etc.

Any suggestions? Processor, MB, disks etc?

(P.S. The only item I AM sure of is that the machine will be using a Xonar Essence Stx, connected to my NAND amplifier ;-)

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i7/W35xx, as much memory as you can afford, Raid10 or 1, 64-bit OS - that's the best we'll be able to do without more into.

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1. Thanks :) 2. How would raid 1 help? 3. Raid 10 with four drives? 4. What more info? –  Avi Apr 30 '10 at 23:55
VM performance hit is always IO, so any way to increase your IO performance will be a benefit. –  Brettski May 1 '10 at 17:20
when it comes to setting up your VM's don't allocate more memory than you need. You may think, Server2008, that needs 1G or 1.5G. That isn't necessary needed. For small use, as in one user hitting a server, 512M or 786M may be plenty. Just something to consider when setting up your VM's. If you see that you are running out of memory on those machines, shut them down and allocate more. –  Brettski May 1 '10 at 17:24
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