Written by James McDonald

June 20, 2011

OK so finally after 6 years of having a P4. I am getting a new Desktop Computer for home.

The dream:

  • Is to have a reasonably fast CPU capable of running Virtual Machines (VT-x) which will let the VM’s talk more directly to the hardware (VT-d)
  • with enough RAM to load big graphic images into the GIMP
  • and of course run a 64 bit OS
  • plus be able to play Blu-Ray Discs
  • To support dual monitors.
  • and the case to have a reasonably small form factor

So after much investigation I have put together a system with spec’s as shown in the table below, sent my hard earned dollars off to the PC Parts Vendor in this case it’s PC Case Gear, and I am now waiting for it to be delivered(think small boy waiting in excitement for his dad to come home from work).

The down side is I have to get all `White and Nerdy’ (thank you Weird Al for this reference) and put it together myself. Fortunately I have opposable thumbs and a screwdriver, so I hope I’ll be able to do it without too much trouble.

Hopefully after the build “all will be well that ends well” to paraphrase Shakespeare.

SSD Mount BracketLian Li HD-321 3.5in to 2.5in Drive Mounting Kit
CaseLian Li PC-V354 Black HTPC (USB3.0)
CD PlayerLite-On iHBS212 12x Blu-Ray Disc Writer with LightScribe
CPUIntel Core i7 2600
MemoryCorsair CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
MotherboardASUS P8H67-M Motherboard B3
Power SupplyAntec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520
System / Operating System Hard DiskOCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD
Storage Hard DiskWestern Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX
Video CardASUS GeForce GTS 450 Direct CU Overclocked 1GB


  1. cwraig

    Which virtualisation package do you intend to use? I have been looking at xen but have not yet had a chance to install it and give it a go. I would be interested in hearing about your results.

    • admin

      I have used VMWare Server on Linux (because it supported running VM’s even though the CPU didn’t have VT support ) and more recently VirtualBox. But now I’m free to choose any of the Linux Kernel based options (XEN, KVM) because this new CPU has VT-x. So I don’t know what I’m going to choose. Will post results though



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