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:
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.