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I would like to configure a server and need guidance in assembling a server. I do not wish to spend much but at the same time I do not wish to compromise on performance. The purpose for my server would be

  1. To run a small network of hardly 5 computers (3 is a what I have right now)
  2. Would like to run Windows server 2008 OS on the server
  3. To run at least 5 virtual computers all at the same time with operating system ranging from

    • Windows XP
    • Windows 7
    • Ubuntu
    • Centos
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closed as not a real question by Scott Pack, Iszi, Gilles, Lucas Kauffman, Hendrik Brummermann Dec 21 '12 at 21:49

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Desktop computer with motherboard with H77 chipset, Core i5-3770 CPU, 2x 8 GB or 4x 8 GB RAM (for total of 16 or 32 GB, depending on your needs), 2x Intel SSD 330/335 and some HDDs, depending on your storage needs. Stay away from "server hardware" as it's just a marketing thing for the most part and advantages don't justify 3 times higher prices. This configuration will keep you below 1000 EUR, even with 2x 180 GB SSDs.

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Matrix - Thank there an AMD alternative for Core i5-3770 – user17833 Dec 21 '12 at 18:55
The best thing AMD can offer you is FX-8350, which is cheaper, but also slower than Intel 3770. On average it compares with Intel i5-3570. It will also consume more electricity and you will need to buy a GFX card (at least 25 EUR). Intel CPUs already have GFX integrated. Don't let 8 cores, 4Ghz specifications fool you. It's the – Matrix Dec 21 '12 at 19:02
In addition to Matrix's excellent answer, I'd like to add that you should fill your RAM slots, the more the better and if running VMWare, make sure you disable memory trimming. – ComputerSaysNo Dec 21 '12 at 21:22

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