LAB upgrade – finally :-)

Today, early afternoon I got (little bit late Christmas gift from Santa Claus 🙂 ) my brand new workstation to my LAB, finally, and my old laptop can rest 🙂 . I bought completely new workstation with 16GB RAM, SSD disk and so on.Later on, when prices for HDDs get down, now HHDs prices are insane due to flood in Thailand, I will buy 4 x 1TB  SATA III disks and create RAID 1+ 0 but for the moment 300GB single  drive must be enough.


Below specification:

  • CPU –  Intel XEON E3-1225 – 4 x 3.1 GHz
    Technical specs
  • MOBO – ASUS P8Z68-V LX
    Technical specs
  • HDD – OCZ Agility SSD drive 120GB SATA III (525MB/500MB, 55k IOPS write, 85k IOPS read)
    Technical specs
  • RAM- Kingstone 16GB (4x4GB) RAM PC1600 – KHX1600C9D3X2K2
    Technical specs
  • Power supply – PURE POWER 430W
  • LG DVD  recorder
  • OS – Ubuntu 11.10 x64 and VMware workstation 8.0.1
  • Cost – 660 EUR

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Im curious about running almost the same setup as you are running, but i thought about running Esxi5 directly on the server & then run 2*virtual esxi5 on it. I will use my NAS as storage with ISCSI.

    What worries me the most is that the xeon processor will not work on the Asus motherboard, do you have the revision number on yours? Because i can’t find anywhere on Asus site that the motherboard support Xeon e3 processors even though you obviously have it running just fine.

    • Hi Jonas,

      I checked MOBO and it’s revision 1.0 with BIOS version 4.6

      BTW, I did test of installation ESXi5 directly on my LAB hardware and it works very well, here is a post


      • Jonas Björk

        Thanks for the help and information, this seems to be a signed deal them 🙂

        Checked the prices in Sweden, and it will roughly cost me 500usd for motherboard, cpu and 16GB of memory, which i would call a bargain for a LAB-setup.

        Thanks again.


        • You are very welcome.

          BTW, what NAS you have ?


          • It’s an homemade linux server, running debian. Nothing fancy but it will do for my coming VCP5 🙂

          • I have my VCP5 exam scheduled on Monday, 6’th February 🙂 Just few days left for preparation.

          • ooh, then i should say best of luck! Im not even close yet so i’ll hope to do it in a coiuple of months if all goes well 🙂

          • Thanks
            BTW, have you seen already that online VCP5?

          • Passed, wasn’t difficult, if you have hands on practise in version 4 you would pass it as well

          • Congratulations! I’ve seen different opinions about the test, some say it’s tough and some say it’s not, guess i’ll just have to see for myself 🙂

          • Leon

            I have build the same system, however I can not get the system to post. On my display I just get “no signal detected”. Is there anything i need to do to get the mobo to recognize the CPU?

  • Adil M.

    Any alternative processors than the one that is listed, probably something cheaper?