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
  • ODD: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
  • Screen: 27” Acer V273HL Acer V273HL FHD LED Backlight Monitor

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 to my lab!

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