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Jan 30

Building the New Lab: Part 2

Home Lab Hardware

The goal was to create 2 ESXi Hosts

(Host A: I7-3770 CPU, 2xGigabit NICs, 8GB flash drive, 430 Watt PSU, 32 GB Ram)

(Host B: I7-3770 CPU, 2xGigabit NICs, 8GB flash drive, 430 Watt PSU, 16 GB Ram)

 

The following includes the products in my build:

Qty.          Product Description

ESXi Hosts

2

 NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

2

 ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

3

 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL

2

 Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770 Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

1

 Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G – OEM

2

 CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

2

 TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI Gigabit Network Adapter TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI Gigabit Network Adapter

2

 ADATA Classic Series C008 8GB Retractable USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model AC008-8G-RKD ADATA Classic Series C008 8GB Retractable USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model AC008-8G-RKD

1

 CyberPower 850 6 Feet 8 Outlets 2400 Joules Home/Office Surge Protection CyberPower 850 6 Feet 8 Outlets 2400 Joules Home/Office Surge Protection

Notice that there is no DVD-Drive, No Hard Drive, and no Video Card. Are they necessary? NOPE! These are a few items that I originally had in my build but decided to take out because in reality, we don’t need them. Let me explain:

Hard Drive: With having a NAS Solution (you’ll see below), all VM data will be stored in the NAS. I purchased the ADATA 8GB Flash Drive and boot ESXi off of the drive since it loads into the RAM upon boot. The cheapest SATA Hard drives I could find on Newegg or Tigerdirect was $59.99, so essentially by buying 2 Flash drives instead I SAVED at least $108!

Video Card: The i7-3770 will run HD Graphics 4000 so if you choose the right motherboard you can bypass the need for a videocard. This saved about another $120

DVD-Drive: No need for this if we setup ESXi on flash drives before plugging them in to the host. Saved another $40.00!

So a quick estimate of savings by not purchasing those 3 pieces of hardware (for 2 hosts) is roughly $270.

 

 

PART 3: NAS SETUP

1 comment

  1. Paul Braren

    Nice to see somebody else finding merit in using commodity (efficient/affordable) gear for a home lab, with a lot in common with my older http://tinkertry.com/vzilla build (ASRock/GSKILLCyberPower). No regrets here, with 9 VMs left running 24×7. Yeah, totally unsupported, but also saving a lot of $$$.

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