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How much RAM?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rob1234, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    If you were going to build a PC and was going to run some virtual machines on it say a couple of servers and 2 or 3 OS's like XP/7 how much RAM would you be looking to put in to the machine?
     
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  2. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

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    8GB, 12GB or 16GB depending on the budget available.
    4GB might not be quite enough for more complex lab tasks.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Depends on the apps running on them and whether I were going to keep all the VMs up at the same time or not.

    In practicality, however, I'd buy as much as I could reasonably afford.
     
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  4. nugget
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    Max it out as much as possible. :twisted:
     
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  5. IgorT

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    8 GB RAM should be enough!
     
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  6. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    I was thinking 6 :( ill save up and go for 8 i think.
     
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  7. westernkings

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    I've got 12GB on mine and can run Server 2008 R2 1xDC, 1xFS, 1xTMG 1xAPPS (WDS etc) a few clients imaging, just running etc and that only reaches around 9GB (this is including me playing MW2 with Itunes and all my normal stuff open) I have yet to reach 12 GB lol.

    So if you can stretch to 12, get it as it will set you straight for a good while.
     
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  8. SimonD

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    It will also depend on the motherboard, not all boards will accept more than 8gb whilst some will accept 16 or more.

    My gaming rig has 8gb (QX9650), my i7(950) can take 12, my server (2xXeons) has 64gb in it.
     
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  9. Rob1234

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    I was thinking of getting this motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149274 it says it can support 16GB.
     
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  10. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Go for it, I have had a couple of Asus boards and they haven't been too bad.

    Of course you need to ensure that you run a 64bit OS to access more than 3gb of ram.
     
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  11. westernkings

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    Is their a chance you could stretch to a i7 1366 board just for future proofing?
     
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  12. Rob1234

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    I was thinking that, but the processor i was going to get an i5 processor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158333 would this work on an i7 board?

    Also looking at the motherboard it only has 4 RAM slots so I will struggle to get more then 8GB of RAM anyway as there does not seem to to be many 4GB RAM sticks around.
     
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  13. westernkings

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    Not at all.

    i7 (9xx Series) is 1366

    i5 i7 (8xx Series) is 1156
     
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  14. SimonD

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    Have a look here or here.
     
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  15. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    Cheers for that!!

    there expensive :(
     
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  16. SimonD

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    Umm, not as expensive as this.
     
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  17. greenbrucelee
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    If your going for an i processor go for an i5 with 6GB triple channel memory. The i5 750 is a brilliant processor and with the 6GB ram it will run your virtual setup no problem at all and it'll run anything else you chuck at it.
     
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