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    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking to but a nice PC to setup a windows server home lab with multiple VMs.
    I looked in ebay and found a few machines. Just not sure if I should go with Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad Core.


    Any advice is appreciated. thanks

    Specs:
    Intel Core i5-2400 3.4GHz Qual Core Processor

    16GB DDR3 1333 Mhz Dual Channel Ram

    Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive

    8-channel High Definition Audio

    1000M Fast Network Ethernet

    Sony 24X DVDRW Burner Drive

    All in one Card Reader

    7 x USB 2.0 Ports

    or

    AMD Zambezi X4 FX-4100 3.8Ghz Quad Core Processor

    16GB DDR3 1333 Mhz Dual Channel Ram

    Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive

    6-channel High Definition Audio

    100M Fast Network Ethernet

    Sony 24X DVDRW Burner Drive

    All in one Card Reader

    7 x USB 2.0 Ports

  • #2
    Re: Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad Core

    Since it is a home lab, it really comes down to price
    IIRC the i5 is dual core + hyperthreading, so simulated quad core whereas the AMD is true quad core. Regardless, you can run more than 4 cores of virtual machines (on hyper-v anyway) on either.

    Lan speed is significantly different, but a gigabit card is cheap enough...
    Audio doesnt matter (IMHO)

    In general Intel (certainly used to be) is reported as more reliable but again this doesnt really apply to the home lab.

    What is the price difference?
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad Core

      Thanks for the advice Ossian.

      The Intel Core i5 is $50 dollars more. I will probably go with the AMD machine, they are running around $600 on ebay.

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      • #4
        Re: Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad Core

        Can you tell us the make of motherboards as that may also have an effect
        Tom Jones
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        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          Re: Intel Core i5 or AMD Quad Core

          Hi Ossian,

          Here are the motherboard type: I provided the links, if you want to see the entire specs.

          MSI H67MS-E43 Intel Motherboard

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Core-i...#ht_5254wt_877

          MSI 760GM-E51 Motherboard

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Quad-Cor...#ht_5344wt_877


          Please let me know what you think or If I should spend a little more for something better.

          Thanks a lot for your expertise.

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