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    CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Hi Everyone

    I've not posted in ages (years I think...) but hope to post on a regular basis from now on...

    Need some advice on upgrading a three year old computer - original thread here CPU Motherboard RAM Cooler Advice

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    Current issues - a tad slow when virtualising...


    Need motherboard and CPU - would an i5 be better than an AMD setup?

    Budget is £300 for CPU + motherboard - suggestions please (hope to re-use existing components such as RAM, case, GPU, PSU etc.)
    Last edited by amjedm; 30-01-2016 at 05:27 PM. Reason: GPU Updated

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    I think you are going to have to define "a tad slow when virtualising". Loads of people use old hp microservers which are factors less powerful than this.

    Where exactly is the problem?

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    I think you are going to have to define "a tad slow when virtualising". Loads of people use old hp microservers which are factors less powerful than this.

    Where exactly is the problem?
    Just to add that I need to run 4 virtual servers for a test lab in Hyper-V on Windows 2012 R2 with local SATA storage. As I fire up the second and third virtual servers, they become sluggish. I am planning to move to an SSD drive but would like to know if an Intel CPU will be better in this case than the old AMD one I use.

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    I think you are going to have to define "a tad slow when virtualising". Loads of people use old hp microservers which are factors less powerful than this.

    Where exactly is the problem?
    Maybe wrong configuration of the VM software, but I am curious too.

    Usually more cores are better, yet again more memory is even better.

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonebreaker777 View Post
    Maybe wrong configuration of the VM software, but I am curious too.

    Usually more cores are better, yet again more memory is even better.
    I am planning to double the RAM anyway but would like to buy an Intel CPU as well. Any recommendation on what Intel CPU would be good value will be appreciated.
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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    I think you are going to have to define "a tad slow when virtualising". Loads of people use old hp microservers which are factors less powerful than this.

    Where exactly is the problem?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bonebreaker777 View Post
    Maybe wrong configuration of the VM software, but I am curious too.

    Usually more cores are better, yet again more memory is even better.


    My brother (ASC) has replied above. It's his computer we're thinking of upgrading..

    Thank you.

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    For most VM work I would have thought that CPU would be fine. A quick look in the performance monitor will tell you if CPU, memory, hard drive or network is maxed out.

    How much RAM is the machine saying it is using when you fire up all those VMs?

    What are the VMs set up to do?

    Is the hard disk light on all the time?

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    I think you'll struggle to find hyper-v experts as it's not well used/liked.

    Basically hyper-v is to vmware what via is to intel.

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    For most VM work I would have thought that CPU would be fine. A quick look in the performance monitor will tell you if CPU, memory, hard drive or network is maxed out.

    How much RAM is the machine saying it is using when you fire up all those VMs?

    What are the VMs set up to do?

    Is the hard disk light on all the time?
    The hard disk light is on all the time so I will try an SSD drive. The VMS are demanding e.g. SQL server which is known to use lots of RAM. I have bought more RAM as well.

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    Re: CPU + Motherboard Advice Please

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    I think you'll struggle to find hyper-v experts as it's not well used/liked.

    Basically hyper-v is to vmware what via is to intel.
    I take the point about VMware being a much better product so may have to forget about Hyper-V for now.

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